In 2007 I lost my beloved sister Reena Thakrar to ovarian cancer. From then on I committed myself to do all I possibly can to beat this terrible disease and spread the word.

In Australia, three women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every day. It can happen to your partner, friends, your sister, your mum, your gran or your daughter. There is no early detection test for ovarian cancer and the Pap test does not detect the disease.

More than 1300 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer in Australia each year and 800 women will die from the disease. Approximately 75% of women are diagnosed at an advanced stage, where the cancer has spread and is difficult to treat successfully.

At the moment, only 43% of women with ovarian cancer will be alive five years later. But if ovarian cancer is diagnosed at an early stage, women have an 80% chance of being alive and well after five years.

More women need to be diagnosed at an early stage when ovarian cancer is very treatable. And that is why everyone needs to know more about ovarian cancer and its symptoms.

Click Here to read about my trip to India and the great work my family have done there.