From time to time, we hear from a guest speaker seeking to tell us about a social problem or medical condition with a view to raising our awareness and hoping that in future, this may result in earlier treatment and a better outcome for both the sufferer and the whole community. Retired pharmacist Robert Jordan’s story last Tuesday was unusually powerful, as he told us about his own experience caring for his wife through her diagnosis, treatment and ultimately, death from ovarian cancer.

 

Robert told us that every day, 4 women in Australia are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and every day, three die. The symptoms include fatigue, appetite loss, indigestion, unexplained weight change and abdominal bloating. Risks factors are family history of cancer, age over 50, previous cancers, smoking and genetic mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes. There is at present no early detection test. Learn more at www.ovariancancer.net.au, but once again, if you are worried, see your doctor!

 

Have you visited our web page at www.rotaryclubofnorthsydneysunrise.org .au recently? Ken has been working hard to make the site appealing to visitors and reflect our current activities. Please pass on any comments and suggestions which will improve this important aspect of our Club’s public profile.