Each year we like to raise funds for various charities just to put some goodness back out into this world. For the months of April and May we have chosen to help raise awareness and funds for The Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation.
Ultimately the Foundation’s goal is to ensure that an early detection test becomes as readily available and habitual as a pap smear or breast mammogram in every woman’s regular medical.
As there is currently no early detection test and a lack of symptoms in the early stages of disease, women are usually diagnosed in the late stages of the disease – when the cancer has spread to other organs in the body.
It is important to note that awareness in isolation of funded research will not save a life and that a pap smear DOES NOT detect ovarian cancer. Being aware of ovarian cancer is not enough to save a life. Early screening is needed which can only be achieved through funded research.
- Ovarian cancer is the ninth most common cancer diagnosed in women and the second most commonly diagnosed gynaecological cancer
- Every year approximately 1,500 Australian women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, most of them with an advanced stage of the disease
- On average 4 Australian women are diagnosed every day
- One in 80 women will develop ovarian cancer in her lifetime
- Six out of 10 ovarian cancer cases occur in women over the age of 60
- The average age of women at diagnosis is 63 years
- The risk of ovarian cancer increases with age
- One women dies from Ovarian Cancer every 10 hours.
On Tuesday 8th May our team will be ditching our uniforms for White Shirt Day to show our support for this worthy cause.
If you would like to donate you can via our online fundraising page – https://www.mycause.com.au/page/174634/peninsula-orthodontics.
Ovarian Cancer facts and information taken from Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation website.