Cancer survivor makes plea

TWENETTE Melville had an important message to send on Teal Ribbon Day yesterday.

Mrs Melville, of Banora Point, believes it was early detection of her cancer 14 years ago that saved her life.

“We look at life differently now and never take things for granted,” Mrs Melville said.

“My advice to other women is not to ignore any changes to your body, no matter how small.

“It’s easy to put changes down to aging, especially being female.

“You can’t ignore these changes.”

Ovarian Cancer Australia cele- brated its tenth anniversary this year with Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month celebrated in February.

Paula Benson, Chair of Ovarian Cancer Australia has called for more awareness of the disease.

“Our aim is to ensure every Australian woman knows the symptoms. Early detection can save lives,” Ms Benson said.

It is predicted that 1200 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year alone, and about 800 will die as a result of the disease.



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