Silent killer sufferers rise by almost a fifth

UNLIKE other cancers, ovarian cancer has no screening test and symptoms can be vague.

According to Cancer Institute NSW data, there has been an 18 per cent increase in the rate of ovarian cancer diagnoses in South Western Sydney over the past decade, with over half of those diagnosed unable to recognise any symptoms.
Look out for bloating, pain, not wanting to eat, feeling full quickly or urinating often.
If you’re concerned about your family history of breast or ovarian cancer, your doctor can assess your risk.
During February, wear a teal ribbon to show your support, raise awareness, start a conversation which could change a life and help raise funds to support people affected by ovarian cancer.
You can purchase a ribbon through the Ovarian Cancer Australia website or at a Terry White Chemist or raise funds by hosting a morning or high tea, a workplace bake sale, film night, trivia night or any other gathering happy to support a great cause.
If your GP refers you to an oncologist, you can visit one at Bankstown Lidcombe Hospital Cancer Services.
For bookings, 9722 8606.