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Give the KISS of life

IT COULD be the kiss of life for some women this Valentine's Day, and it won't cost their partners a thing.

Instead of giving chocolates and flowers, partners are being urged to plant a virtual KISS on Facebook to encourage women to Know the Important Signs and Symptoms (KISS) of ovarian cancer.

Ovarian cancer kills about 800 women in Australia every year and is the sixth most deadly type of cancer in women.

Yet 60 per cent of women are unaware that there is no early detection test for the disease.

In a bid to increase women's chances of survival, Ovarian Cancer Australia has launched the KISS campaign and is warning women to be on the lookout for early symptoms.

The organisation is inviting Australians to send a virtual KISS via its Facebook page, or use the campaign as an impetus for discussing the symptoms of ovarian cancer with the women in their lives.

"Unfortunately, three out of four cases of ovarian cancer are advanced at the time of diagnosis, meaning the outcomes for women are generally poor," Ovarian Cancer Australia chair Paula Benson said.

"Knowing the important signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, seeing a GP, and being referred for appropriate treatment can help improve outcomes for women diagnosed with the disease."

The most common symptoms of ovarian cancer include abdominal or pelvic pain, increased abdominal size or persistent abdominal bloating, needing to urinate often or urgently, and difficulty eating or feeling full quickly.

Virtual kisses can be sent via facebook.com/OvarianCancerAustralia.

Further information is available at ovariancancer.net.au or phone 1300 660 334.
 



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