Each year, more than 1500 Australian women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, making it the ninth most common form of cancer in the country.
But the primary problem isn't the diagnosis; its the prognosis.
Unlike breast and other more common cancers, ovarian cancer has a low survival rate.
Survival rates are less than 30% for women diagnosed with advanced stage ovarian cancer.
Late stage diagnosis is the norm because there is no early detection test. Symptoms are often vague, including discomfort or pain in the abdomen or pelvis, feeling swollen or bloated, appetite loss or feeling full quickly, tiredness and unexplained changes in weight.
The only way to definitively diagnose ovarian cancer involves surgery. By the time it is found, the cancer has often spread to other areas of the body, making it difficult to provide effective treatment.
Every woman, everywhere - free from the threat of ovarian cancer
Funding innovative ovarian cancer research to save womens lives through early detection and personalised treatment.
1. Develop and implement an early detection program for ovarian cancer that is non-invasive, highly accurate and widely available
2. Improve the mortality rate, management and long-term survival of women with ovarian cancer
3. Attract and fund the most innovative and skilled researchers.
Fundraising for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation
Community groups across Australia help the Foundation raise awareness and funds by holding their own fundraising events and activities in their local community. All funds raised are donated to the OCRF and are utilised for research into finding an early detection test for ovarian cancer.
Donations can also be made directly to the Foundation - to make a donation to the OCRF for ovarian cancer research, go to the Make a Donation page of this website or click on this link https://ocrf.com.au/donate-now/