Nine ovarian cancer advocates call for increased funding, research and awareness in a new podcast aimed at reducing stigma around gynaecological cancers, which launches on World Ovarian Cancer Day and Mother’s Day – Sunday, 8 May 2022.

“People say it’s the silent killer, but I don’t believe that. I think it’s the ignored killer. We have to stop ignoring ovarian cancer.”

Jacinta, psychotherapist, wife, mum of two, given a terminal ovarian cancer diagnosis

Titled ‘On the Down Low – speaking up about ovarian cancer’, Alison Evans, Chief Executive Officer of ANZGOG said the podcast features raw and inspiring stories about the disease, which affects more than 1700 women in Australia annually and has a five-year survival rate of just 48 per cent.

On The Down Low Podcast Creators: Nyasha, Helen and Alison.

“We hear from women with ovarian cancer and their caregivers, who speak in intimate detail about the challenges of living with cancer, and make a powerful call for advocacy, awareness and change.

Ovarian cancer is referred to as the ‘silent killer’ because it is often diagnosed in the advanced stages and is the most common cause of gynaecological cancer deaths. There is currently no screening test for ovarian cancer and the symptoms can be vague and like those of other common conditions leading to a delay in investigation and diagnosis.”

Alison Evans, Chief Executive Officer of ANZGOG

Podcast host, Alison Dance, aims to reduce stigma around gynaecological cancers to boost awareness after her mother, Pauline Dance, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer three years ago, a deadly disease the family previously hadn’t heard of.

“We need to talk more openly and honestly about the disease if we stand any chance of improving the statistics. Ovarian cancer hasn’t seen the same improvements in survival rates as other cancer types” Ms Dance said.

“We need the community to rally with us in support of research and fighting for fair funding to keep inspirational women in our lives – they can start by listening to our stories.”

Alison Dance, On The Down Low Podcast Host

‘On the Down Low’ follows the arc of an ovarian cancer journey of women diagnosed from age 12 to 64, covering topics including symptoms, effects, intimacy, clinical trials, recurrence, and advocacy.

‘On the Down Low’ is produced by the Australia New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group with funding provided for this first season through the Westfield Local Heroes program.

‘On the Down Low’ is available on the ANZGOG website and wherever you access your podcasts.

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