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Gynae Cancer Awareness Month September 2016

Did you know there are five different types of gynae cancer?

Did you know each one has different symptoms and risk factors?

DON’T WORRY, you’re not alone if you answered no and no!

FOLLOW US in September as we share facts and stats about the five gynae cancers, encourage women to know their bodies, and talk about symptoms. All women are at risk of gynae cancer, so this is important.

#KnowThe5 and donate $5 during Gynae Cancer Awareness Month.



Abnormal cells growing in the cervix, the neck of the uterus, is cervical cancer.

The only way to KNOW if you have abnormal cells in your cervix is to have a PAP TEST.  All women between 18 and 70 years who have ever been sexually active should have a test every 5 years.

Cervical cancer is almost always linked to the human papillomavirus (HPV), so the best way to PROTECT yourself is to have the HPV VACCINE when aged 12 to 13 years, and importantly still have regular Pap tests.

We know the Pap test appointment isn’t your favourite one to make, but it can save your life. Over 80 per cent of women diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer haven’t had regular tests – choose to be one of the 1,200+ Australian women who are saved each year from cervical cancer by making the Pap test a regular on your calendar.

VISIT YOUR DOCTOR to discuss protection and screening.

Learnt something?  Share with your friends.

#KnowThe5 and donate $5 during Gynae Cancer Awareness Month.



A little myth busting – a Pap test DOESN'T check for ovarian cancer.

There’s no standard or routine screening test for ovarian cancer in Australia, so DETECTION relies on being aware of the signs and symptoms and seeking medical advice if they develop. 

Here’s what to LOOK FOR:  persistent bloating, eating less but feeling fuller, abdominal or unexplained back pain, frequent urination. But don’t panic, ovarian cancer isn’t common, and it's statistically far more likely that these symptoms will turn out to be something else – irritable bowel syndrome, a urinary infection, or uterine fibroids for example.

Whilst the bad news is that ovarian cancer can grow quite large and spread before it starts to produce these symptoms, the good news is, if diagnosed and treated early, the cure rate is 90 per cent.

VISIT YOUR DOCTOR if you have any of these symptoms or are concerned about your risk.

Learnt something? Share with your friends.

#KnowThe5 and donate $5 during Gynae Cancer Awareness Month.


Endometrial cancer grows in the lining of the uterus.  It’s the most common type of cancer of the uterus, and the most common gynae cancer diagnosed in Australian women.

If DISCOVERED EARLY, removing the uterus surgically often cures endometrial cancer, and it is often detected at an early stage because the FIRST SIGN is most often abnormal vaginal discharge, particularly if it occurs after menopause. The discharge can be watery or bloody, and may have a bad smell.  Other symptoms include pain with urination or sexual intercourse, or pelvic pain.

Approximately 40% of cases are related to OBESITY – this is why endometrial cancer is becoming more common. The risk is also higher in women with diabetes or high blood pressure.  Endometrial cancer is not caused by sexual activity and it can’t be passed on through sex.  A Pap test does NOT detect it.

VISIT YOUR DOCTOR if you have symptoms that worry you, particularly discharge not related to your period.
Learnt something?  Share with your friends.

#KnowThe5 and donate $5 during Gynae Cancer Awareness Month


Vulval cancer is cancer that starts in any part of the vulva region – that’s the outer part of the female genitals.

Vulval cancer is RARE and commonly affects post-menopausal women, although it does sometimes occur in younger women.  There are often no obvious SYMPTOMS, but watch out for: persistent itching, pain and tenderness, bleeding that isn't from menstruation, skin changes, wart-like bumps or open sores.

GET TO KNOW YOUR VULVA!  Many women don’t know what their vulva looks like, so grab a mirror and have a look – becoming familiar with what’s normal for you makes it’s easier to detect any changes that you need to speak to your doctor about.

VISIT YOUR DOCTOR if you have any pain in your genital area.  There’s no need to be embarrassed, so insist on an examination if you have symptoms – not all itching is thrush.

Learnt something?  Share with your friends.

#KnowThe5 and donate $5 during Gynae Cancer Awareness Month


A little anatomy lesson for you … the vagina is on the inside!  Most of us mistakenly call the outer part of women’s genitals the vagina, but the outside is the vulva.

Vaginal cancer is one of the RAREST gynae cancer, with about 70 women diagnosed in Australia annually. There are often no obvious symptoms, but when found in early stages, it can often be cured.

Vaginal cancer does not usually cause early symptoms but may be found during a routine Pap test.  POSSIBLE SIGNS of vaginal cancer include: abnormal vaginal bleeding, pain in the pelvic area, pain during or bleeding after sexual intercourse.  Some women may also have bladder and bowel problems.

VISIT YOUR DOCTOR if you have any symptoms or concerns.

Learnt something?  Share with your friends.

#KnowThe5 and donate $5 during Gynae Cancer Awareness Month


Getting you to talk about gynae health is one of the aims of Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month – open communication is a really important step towards greater awareness of symptoms and ultimately early diagnosis for all gynae cancers.

Did we get you talking about symptoms? 

Did you get to know your bodies better?

Have you shared what you’ve learnt with your friends?

VISIT YOUR DOCTOR to learn more about your gynae health, protection, screening, and to discuss any symptoms or concerns.

#KnowThe5 and donate $5 during Gynae Cancer Awareness Month

2 out of 3 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer will die.
Help us turn the tide.