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Muscle Nation Takes Action: Fundraising for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Muscle Nation is proud to announce that we will be fundraising for ovarian cancer awareness month in 2023. Ovarian cancer is a disease that affects many women and has a very low survival rate compared to other types of cancer.

According to Cancer Australia, the overall five-year survival rate for women diagnosed with ovarian cancer is 49%, which is significantly lower than the survival rate for breast cancer, which is 92%. In 2022, it is estimated that 1,815 Australian women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and 1,016 will die from the disease. Each day, five women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and three will die from the disease.

Ovarian cancer most commonly affects women aged over 50 who have been through menopause, but it can affect females of all ages. The recurrence rate for advanced ovarian cancer is also high, with 70% of patients having a recurrence within 3 years.

Early Detection is Key: Recognising the Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer

Early detection is crucial for increasing the survival rate of ovarian cancer. If diagnosed in its early stages, women have a 90% chance of being alive and well after five years. However, there is no early detection test for ovarian cancer and a large proportion of cases are diagnosed at an advanced stage.

The best way to detect ovarian cancer is to know and recognize the symptoms, which most commonly include abdominal or pelvic pain, increased abdominal size or persistent abdominal bloating, the need to urinate often or urgently, change in bowel habits, feeling full after eating a small amount, unexplained weight loss or weight gain, or unexplained fatigue. If these symptoms are new, unusual and persistent for women, they should consult their GP.

Unfortunately, there is no effective screening program to detect ovarian cancer in asymptomatic women. Screening such as gynaecological assessment, vaginal ultrasound and CA125 blood test have been shown to have low predictive value in detecting ovarian cancer in asymptomatic women.

Research undertaken by YouGov in 2022 showed that when given a list of common female cancers, many people were unaware of the symptoms of ovarian cancer and the low survival rate associated with it. This highlights the importance of raising awareness about ovarian cancer and the need for more research and funding for this disease.

$13,303.76 Raised For Ovarian Cancer Australia 
Raising Awareness and Support

During ovarian cancer awareness month, Muscle Nation launched a donation option at the checkout for our community to donate to raise money for ovarian cancer research and to increase awareness about the disease.

Our community has shown tremendous support and generosity by contributing $6,651.88 through our websites donation option. Muscle Nation will be matching the amount raised by our community $6,651.88, bringing the total donation to $13,303.76. This will be donated to Ovarian Cancer Australia in support of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.