All you need to know about Ovarian Cancer

We all know the color Pink is associated with Breast Cancer, Purple for Cervical Cancer but what about Teal?

Teal is the color for Ovarian Cancer awareness.

For the whole month of June, let us know more about Ovarian Cancer through seminars organised by the Singapore Cancer Society.

I was so glad to attend the event with my sis to know more about Ovarian Cancer.

This event is an initiative called Positively Teal, which is to encourage everyone to spread the awareness of Ovarian Cancer to your friends and family members.

About Ovarian Cancer
Cancer is formed when the cells of our ovaries grow abnormally. The most common ovarian cancer is called the Epithelial Cell Cancer, which arises from the lining of the ovary.

During the early stages of Ovarian Cancer, the cancer is confined to the ovary but it can spread to the abdomen, lymph glands in the pelvis and abdomen and eventually travel via the blood stream to lungs and bones.

According to the statistics from Singapore Cancer Registry, Ovarian Cancer is 5th most common cancer among Singaporean women. There are 290 new cases each year and about 100 women die from it. In Singapore, 1 in 80 women faces Ovarian Cancer in their lifetime.

Signs and Symptoms to look out for:
Though Epithelial ovarian cancer usually does not have any symptoms during the initial stage and these signs are also non-specific, you should also look out for the following:

  • Bloated feeling in the abdomen
  • Abdominal distension
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Backache or ache in the legs
  • Change of bowel habits
  • Urinary complaints
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • Loss of weight

Below are the following factors that are associated with high risk of ovarian cancer:

  • High Fat diet
  • Infertility or not having children until late in life
  • Early menarche and late menopause
  • Family history of ovarian, breast or colorectal cancer.

Do consult a doctor immediately if any of your friends/family members experience any symptoms.

Physical examination and tests such as pelvis examination, ultrasound scan, CT scans, Biopsy and CA-125 are being carried out for diagnosis.

In support of this initiative, Executive Pastry Chef Christophe Grilo of Canele Patisserie Chocolaterie created the Teal Macarons, tasty mint with raspberry filling for sale.

Chef Christophe Grilo and his creations

From 1 to 30 June, you can purchase the teal macarons at Raffles City, B1 & Lido Theatre Lvl 5. All process will go to the Singapore Cancer Society.

Box of 2 = $6, box of 6 = $15, box of 12 = $24

KissJane is also the supporting partner of this campaign! Click here to start shopping with them to raise donations!

There are seminars, carnivals and public forum about Ovarian Cancer for the whole of this month. Click here to find out more.

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