Each year Ovarian Cancer awareness is promoted on a national scale through Ovarian Cancer awareness month, which is designed to educate women about the symptoms of Ovarian Cancer and raise vital funds for OCA’s programs.
In what ways does Plunketts Chemmart Pharmacy support Ovarian Cancer Australia?
Chemmart Pharmacy has supported OCA for many years, playing a vital role in raising awareness of Ovarian Cancer in local communities and in raising funds for OCA patient support and research programs.
In 2012, Chemmart Pharmacy and OCA aim to raise more funds and awareness than ever before. Funds raised by Chemmart Pharmacies have enabled OCA to further develop support programs to offer critical information, practical resources and personal care and support to those affected by the disease.
In July 2011, Ovarian Cancer Australia launched the first ever National Research Program to assist in the diagnosis, detection and treatment of Ovarian Cancer, thanks in part to funds raised by Chemmart Pharmacies.
Tell us about the event that will be held at Plunketts Chemmart Pharmacy during Ovarian Cancer Awareness month on February 29?
Plunketts Chemmart Pharmacy is raising vital funds for Ovarian Cancer Australia and will be hosting a VIP Evening on 29 February, as well as continually raising funds throughout the month. The evening will include Guest Speaker Dr. Ray Hodgson, information about the symptoms of Ovarian Cancer, experiences from other women, and where and how to get the support needed. NP Set Makeup Experts will also be at the event, offering mini-makeoevers and gifts and prizes.
We are thrilled to be able to help Ovarian Cancer Australia in its bid to raise awareness of the symptoms of Ovarian Cancer, as well as offering invaluable support to women and families affected by the disease. Holding the VIP Event this month will be a great opportunity to help educate people and raise funds for this important cause.
What have been some of the fundraising efforts that Chemmart Pharmacies have contributed to Ovarian Cancer Australia?
In 2011, during OCA’s 10 year anniversary, Chemmart Pharmacies did their bit by participating in an afternoon tea event, to raise a total of $73, 947. The goal for 2012 is for participating Chemmart stores to raise $1,000 each, with an overall target of $100,000.
Why is it important to raise awareness and support for organisations like Ovarian Cancer Australia?
There is no reliable early detection test for Ovarian Cancer, so it is crucial that women know the symptoms of the disease and know how to listen to their bodies.
Each year, more than 1,200 Australian women are diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer, and each year over 800 Australian women die from the disease. Approximately 75% of women are diagnosed at an advanced stage, where the cancer has spread and is difficult to treat successfully. If Ovarian Cancer is diagnosed in the early stages, up to 80% of women will be alive and well after five years.
Holding events such as our VIP Evening on February 29 are great ways to raise awareness and funds for such an important cause.
What do you enjoy about holding these events and getting the community involved?
Our VIP Evenings are all about socialising and having a good time, while raising funds and providing invaluable information for people in our local community.
It is fantastic to be able to contribute to Ovarian Cancer Australia and be a part of the network that can help to save the lives of Australian women.
• There is no detection test for Ovarian Cancer – the pap smear does not detect the disease!
• More than 1,200 women will be diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer this year in Australia – that’s three women every day.
• Each year, around 800 Australian women will lose their battle with Ovarian Cancer – that’s one woman every 11 hours.
• 1 in 77 Australian women will develop Ovarian Cancer in their lifetime.
• Ovarian cancer is the 6th most common cause of cancer death in Australian women.
• It’s important for women to learn the symptoms of Ovarian Cancer. The four types of symptoms most frequently reported are:
1. Abdominal or pelvic pain.
2. Increased abdominal size or persistent abdominal bloating.
3. Needing to urinate often or urgently.
4. Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly.