We all know it, cancer devastates lives. It takes our skin, our organs, our limbs, and our loved ones. There are more than one hundred known types of cancer, and every Australian knows someone who has been affected by this disease. It doesn’t discriminate.
Ovarian Cancer is the 8th most common cancer in Australia, with 1600 women receiving a diagnosis each year. The majority of these diagnoses reveal the cancer at a late, often untreatable stage. For this reason, the 5-year survival rate is 47%, but if treated before the cancer has spread outside the ovary, the 5 year survival rate is a much higher 92%.
February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, a timely reminder to be aware of the often undetectable signs, to educate yourself and others about the causes, share stories that inspire, and to support treatment and research. To coincide with Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, it’s Cancer Awareness Month at GTL, so we’re offering a fantastic saving on the Inherited Cancer Panel DNA test.
Between 20-25 percent of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer have a hereditary tendency to develop the disease. The most significant risk factor for ovarian cancer is an inherited genetic mutation in either the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes, more commonly known as the breast cancer genes. This comprehensive panel also covers other hereditary cancers, including breast, prostate, bowel and skin cancers.
During February, the Inherited Cancer Panel is just $1200, a saving of $295 when you enter the code AWARE19 upon ordering.
In 2019, Ovarian Cancer Australia is asking supporters to Paint the Town Teal! Host a brunch, a lunch or an ‘afternoon tea(l)’ with this gorgeous blue-green hue as your theme colour to support women and their families living with ovarian cancer. Participants in a Paint the Town Teal fundraiser can register their own event, support friends who are hosting an event, and see the progress of others throughout the month.
GTL is a proud supporter of the teal appeal, and our staff will be forgoing a few takeaway coffees and donating to the cause during the month of February. The talented bakers amongst our staff (and maybe some of us less skillful in the kitchen) will be ‘whisking it all’ for the sake of charity, and hosting a fundraising morning tea, with a bounty of teal-colored treats! If you wish to donate in support for ovarian cancer please see https://paintthetownteal.everydayhero.com/au/gtldnaaustralia
Awareness, education, and action are three core factors that can help you to become as knowledgeable as possible about serious diseases like Ovarian Cancer. The Cancer Council and Ovarian Cancer Australia are wonderful resources and coupled with the peace of mind gained from an Inherited Cancer Panel from GTL, you’ll have the tools you need to be informed, alert, and hopefully living a cancer-free life.