Make ovarian cancer symptoms education part of cervical screening

Incorporate ovarian cancer symptoms education into the current cervical screening program

Why the contribution is important

Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of gynaecological cancer death in New Zealand. Many people assume it's detected by a cervical smear but it's not. In order to detect ovarian cancer people need to recognise their symptoms, tell their doctor, their doctor needs to recognise the symptoms and order tests (blood test and ultrasound), and DHBs need to carry out the tests. 

Currently most women are unaware of the symptoms. This means they are not able to effectively advocate for their health. Given the ubiqutous nature of cervical screening - this would be a very easy and inexpensive way to educate large numbers of women quickly. 

by Cherry23 on December 05, 2022 at 05:37PM

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