This World Ovarian Cancer Day (WOCD), the Brisbane Heat are assisting Ovarian Cancer Australia (OCA) in spreading awareness for the disease and support for the many families who are affected.
Each year, nearly a quarter of a million women around the world are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The disease is responsible for 140,000 deaths annually. Global statistics show that just 45 per cent of women with ovarian cancer are likely to survive for five years compared with 89 per cent of women with breast cancer. Women in developed and developing countries are similarly affected by ovarian cancer.
This year OCA is aiming to increase awareness of the link between the BRCA genetic mutation and ovarian cancer. BRCA mutations are estimated to be the cause of up to 20 per cent of all ovarian cancer diagnoses in Australia.
This WOCD, OCA are encouraging women to know their family history of ovarian cancer and their genetic risk of developing the disease so they can speak with their GP and make more informed decisions when it comes to prevention and surveillance.
The Brisbane Heat are proud to continue our support of OCA, collecting donations of over $10,000 last season which will help raise awareness of the deadly disease.
More details can be found at the OCA website.