Ovarian cancer is often dubbed the ‘silent killer’, but the team at Terry White Chemmart Kapunda is looking to change that by hosting an ‘Afternoon Teal’ on February 23, from 2:30pm.
For pharmacy assistant Megan McWaters she said she is pleased to be hosting this event, as unfortunately the disease is a little close to home.
Megan lost her auntie, Margaret Dunsford, to ovarian cancer in 2016 and her mother, Annette Davidson, was diagnosed with this disease, which has the lowest survival rate of any women’s cancer, recently.
Both ladies were aged in their late 50s, and Megan is encouraging people to watch out for symptoms of this silent killer, such as increased abdominal size or persistent bloating, abdominal or pelvic pain, an increase of urination frequency and feeling full after eating a small amount.
“Mum had no symptoms, she only got tested because her sister was diagnosed (with ovarian cancer),” she said.
“I know three women in Kapunda who have or have had ovarian cancer.
“Listen to your body, if you think something’s not right follow it up.”
Megan has since been tested for the cancer gene, having a hysterectomy after she discovered she was a carried the genetic mutation, but said she now worries for her three children.
“I’m concerned that I might pass on my gene to them (children),” she said.
“Ovarian or breast cancer for the girls, and prostate cancer or breast for boys.”
The Afternoon (or Morning) Teal is an initiative of Ovarian Cancer Australia (OCA), which encourages exposure of the disease during February, Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and raises much needed funds for OCA research and support programs.
Terry White Chemmart Kapunda will be selling OCA merchandise all month, like pens, ribbons and pens in store, while the store will also sell baked goods and have a collection tin out the front of the shop at the Afternoon Teal later this month.
The Teal Ribbon Day, Ovarian Cancer Australia’s flagship day, is on February 28.