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‘Afternoon Teal’ in Sandy Bayfor ovarian cancer awareness

Attorney-General and S.H.E. Gynaecological Cancer Group ambassador Elise Archer recently held her annual ‘Afternoon ‘Teal’ event at her new electorate office in Sandy Bay.

Each February in Australia, Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month is held to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and to recognise women, their families and friends affected by ovarian cancer.

While some progress has been made, there is still much more that needs to be done to raise awareness of the symptoms.“Every year, more than 1,500 women in Australia will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer,” Ms Archer said.

“In the past 30 years, other cancers have been able to achieve amazing improvements in awareness, funding and survival rates, and we want the same hopes for women who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

“As well as raising community awareness, this year’s afternoon tea event was also about recognising those people and organisations who are there supporting, educating and campaigning, and importantly to acknowledge those women whose lives have been affected by ovarian cancer – you are all heroes in our eyes.”

The guest speaker at this year’s Afternoon Teal was Kellie Wilkie, a former Olympic Games physiotherapist for the Australian Rowing Team and a leader in her occupation and of community organisations.

“It was a great honour to have Kellie attend as guest speaker and bravely share her recent experience with ovarian cancer prevention, and I encourage all women to become aware of ovarian cancer symptoms,” Ms Archer said.

For information on the symptoms and treatment of ovarian cancer go to www.ovariancancer.net.auYou can donate to SHE Gynaecological Group at https://shegynaetas.org.au

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