Ovarian Cancer

This Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month,


Why Knowing Your Risk and Body is

Ovarian cancer is estimated to be the eighth most commonly diagnosed cancer in females in Australia

During 2017 approximately 1580 new cases of ovarian cancer diagnosed, most of them with an advanced stage of the disease

15% of women with ovarian cancer, have an inherited mutation in a known high risk cancer gene

Ovarian Cancer Risk

Having a risk factor for ovarian cancer does not mean that you will definitely go on to develop cancer. Risk factors such as family health history and gene mutations are ones that you can learn more about and how they might impact you.

To learn about the risk factors that are linked to developing ovarian cancer and those that can reduce your risk see below.

Factors that are associated with a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer include:

  • A family history of ovarian, breast and/or colon cancer
  • A mutation in one of several known genes
  • Smoking
  • Increasing age
  • Medical conditions such as endometriosis
  • Use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
  • Tobacco smoking
  • Being overweigh

Some factors reduce the risk of developing ovarian cancer and these include:

have childrenHaving children, particularly at a younger age
Use of oralUse of oral contraceptives
Gynaecological surgeryGynaecological surgery


Learning about your personal risk for ovarian cancer is crucial to you being able to take control of your health. Take the Pink Hope Know Your Risk tool to help you determine your risk for ovarian cancer. It is a simple questionnaire, takes 5 minutes and provides you with a risk assessment and next steps.

Take The Tool Here

My message is – trust your gut, know your body and if something doesn't feel right you must be the advocate for your own health. If you're not getting answers or getting the brush off keep pushing until you are happy. Don't be afraid to ask questions and get a 2nd or 3rd opinion, and last but not least – it will get better."

Katie, Pink Hope Ambassador

Know the signs and symptoms

So you can identify any changes is critical to managing your ovarian health. Understanding what is normal for your body, and recognizing when something feels off is key to being your own health advocate.

If you notice any of these symptoms that persist or worsen for two-three weeks, see your doctor for a check-up. Remember that most often the problem will not be due to ovarian cancer:

Increased abdominal

Increased abdominal size or persistent abdominal bloating (this is different to bloating that comes and goes which is usually due to air in the bowel)

Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly

Pelvic or abdominal

Pelvic or abdominal pain

Needing to urinate

Needing to urinate urgently or often

Other symptoms can include:

  • Changes in your bowel habits (new constipation or diarrhoea, bleeding or change in bowel motion or colour)
  • Unexplained weight gain or weight loss
  • Back pain
  • Menstrual changes such as bleeding in between periods or after menopause
  • Indigestion or nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Pain during intercourse

Asking your doctor,


could make all the

Download Pink Hope´s

Know Your O´s

for tips on learning to know your body
and the symptoms of ovarian cancer.

Personal Stories

Christine Christie

(She had early stage of ovarian cance)

Personal Stories

Daniella Brasacchio

(Her Mum had ovarian cancer)


Dr Greg Gard- What I wished my patients knew before they were diagnosed with ovarian cancer


Cancer Australia - https://ovarian-cancer.canceraustralia.gov.au/statistics