According to the dictionary, cancer is a malignant and invasive growth or tumour.
Ovarian cancer is the sixth most common cause of cancer-related death in Australian women.
Ovarian cancer arises from cells that develop changes that enable uncontrolled growth. The normal function of the ovary is to enable female reproduction by producing egg cells (ova) and female hormones, including oestrogen and progesterone.
Ovarian cancers are classified by the type of cells they originate from:
- Epithelial ovarian cancer resembles the cells that form the outer lining of the ovary or the inner lining of the uterine tubes
- Stromal ovarian cancers arise from the hormone-producing cells of the ovaries
- Germ cell ovarian cancers develop from egg cell precursor cells.
Ninety per cent of ovarian cancers are epithelial ovarian cancer.
Epithelial ovarian cancer is usually diagnosed after it has spread beyond the ovary or fallopian tube (metastasized). Most patients with epithelial ovarian cancers are treated with surgery to remove tumour masses and then chemotherapy to kill remaining cancer cells.
Unlike other cancers, survival rates for epithelial ovarian cancer have improved little over the past 30 years. Only 40 per cent of patients will be alive five years after diagnosis.
There is a great need for better diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer.
We need to raise awareness of ovarian cancer to improve diagnosis and outcomes for thousands of Australian women, and provide hope and support for those who live with this devastating disease every day.
Project Genesis is a team of highly talented people who are working tirelessly to raise funds for Ovarian Cancer Australia and heighten awareness of this insidious disease.
The Project Genesis team is hosting an exclusive fashion event January 28, 2016. Limited tickets are available, so please, get in early to purchase tickets and do your part to raise funds for research into Ovarian cancer treatment and prevention.