With more than 1400 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year in Australia, the need for further awareness, research and support for this silent killer is evident.
Local mother, farmer and nurse, Edwina McVeigh, whose mother lost her battle with ovarian cancer in 2008, decided to help the cause and host her own Teal Ribbon Day Morning Tea on Wednesday.
Edwina said for her it was very personal and something she wanted to do in her mother’s honour.
“I really wanted to be an advocate and inform women of the symptoms of ovarian cancer and to really raise the awareness. This disease isn’t spoken of often enough and because the symptoms are so vague they can be easily missed for common illnesses. It is absolutely crucial that women of all ages understand the symptoms for ovarian cancer early and follow up with their GP if they have any concerns. Early diagnosis is crucial for survival as this malignancy has the worst survival rate for women’s cancers ” Mrs McVeigh said.
Ovarian Cancer Australia raises awareness to save lives and provide support for those touched by ovarian cancer through Teal Ribbon Day, which was held in the month of February as part of ovarian cancer awareness month. While current statistics show that one in 75 women will develop the disease before the age of 85, the message is simple – know the symptoms, don’t ignore the symptoms and consult your doctor. For more information or to make a donation visit www.ovariancancer.net.au