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HEALTH—OVARIAN CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

Senator Cash, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1137—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) February 2013 is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month,

  (ii) Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month is run each year by Ovarian Cancer Australia with its purpose to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer and to offer support for the women, their families and friends affected by ovarian cancer, and

  (iii) Wednesday, 27 February 2013 is Ovarian Cancer Australia's Teal Ribbon Day, a day when Australians are invited to purchase and wear a teal ribbon to show support for ovarian cancer awareness, support and research, and to recognise those affected;


 (b) recognises that:

  (i) according to Ovarian Cancer Australia, one in 77 women will develop ovarian cancer in their lifetime,

  (ii) each year, more than 1 200 Australia women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and around 800 will die from the disease, equating to an average of 3 Australian women being diagnosed every day, and

  (iii) early detection of ovarian cancer is key, as detection in the early stages increases the percentage to up to 95 per cent of women being alive and well after 5 years; and

 (c) commends Ovarian Cancer Australia for the work that they have done in raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer and to reduce the impact on Australians of ovarian cancer.

Statement by leave: The Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Milne), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.