Four ways to spread awareness during Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, a time to spread awareness about ovarian cancer and how we can help prevent and treat it. Ovarian cancer is common in women, and early detection is crucial to improving treatment outcomes and saving lives.
Ovarian cancer is the seventh most common cancer in women worldwide, with its risk increasing with age. Studies show that around 1 in 78 women will develop ovarian cancer in their lifetime. Those with a family history of ovarian cancer inherited genetic mutations like BRCA1 and BRCA2, and those who have never given birth have a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer.
How can you help?
Due to a lack of awareness, ovarian cancer often goes undetected until it reaches advanced stages, making it difficult to treat. Fortunately, there are easy ways to make a difference. Here are four things you can do to help raise awareness and support the fight against ovarian cancer:
1. Share information: Despite its commonality, many people are still unaware of the symptoms of ovarian cancer, such as bloating, abdominal pain, and changes in bowel habits. By sharing this information, you can help others recognise potential warning signs and encourage them to seek medical attention.
2. Participate in events: Joining or promoting awareness campaigns and events can help spread the word about ovarian cancer and raise funds for research and treatment. For example, you could participate in the step 11 Challenge or one of the marathons organised by Target Ovarian Cancer this year.
3. Advocate for better access to screening and treatment: By advocating for better access to screening and treatment, you can help improve outcomes for those with ovarian cancer. This could involve supporting organisations that fund ovarian cancer research or calling for increased government funding to support research.
4. Support ovarian cancer research: Supporting research into ovarian cancer can help improve our understanding of the disease and lead to better treatment options. You could donate to organisations focused on ovarian cancer research or participate in clinical trials.
What are we doing to help?
At Genefirst, we are committed to providing innovative solutions for the early detection and personalised treatment of cancer.
Let's work together this month to spread awareness, support those affected by ovarian cancer, and take steps towards a brighter, healthier future.