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Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

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Senator Michaelia Cash Senator for Western Australia Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for The Status of Women Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration  Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month 1 February 2011 February is Ovarian Cancer Australia’s Awareness Month. The Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Status of Women, Senator Michaelia Cash, has welcomed the opportunity to raise awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer by supporting this important community health initiative. “Every 11 hours an Australian woman will die from ovarian cancer and three Australian women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every day” Senator Cash said. “As there is no early detection test for ovarian cancer, awareness of the symptoms is critical to Australian women. The best thing for women, in particular those over 45, is to know the symptoms and remain vigilant.” Senator Cash said that symptoms of ovarian cancer include unexplained pelvic and abdominal pain, increased abdomen size or bloating, the need to go to the toilet often or urgently and having difficulty eating. “If these symptoms continue for more than 2 weeks then it’s best to book an appointment with your doctor to get checked”. “The good news is that if ovarian cancer is discovered in its early stages, there is a greater chance of recovery.” Throughout February Ovarian Cancer Australia is inviting people and businesses in the community to host an “Afternoon Teal” (teal being the international colour for ovarian cancer), to raise awareness of this disease. To register for an “Afternoon Teal” please visit for further information or call ovarian cancer Australia on 1300 660 334. Media contact: Senator Michaelia Cash 0431 990 752 ___________________________________________________________________ 44 Outram Street Parliament House Canberra WEST PERTH WA 6005 CANBERRA ACT 2600 Phone: (08) 9226 2000 Phone: (02) 6277 3387