RedFeb – get behind heart research

Never heard of RedFeb?

RedFeb is a fun and active way to support Heart Research Australia’s Heart Research Month which is held in February.

Heart disease affects around 1.4 million Australians and kills around 21,500 Australians each year. That’s one Australian every 24 minutes.

Heart Research Australia raises funds for research into the treatment and prevention of heart disease.

This February, Heart Research Australia wants you to be involved in their fundraising efforts by participating in the 2014 RedFeb relay.

Everyone who registers to participate in the Relay will contribute the kilometres they clock up either through their physical activity (e.g walking, running, cycling or swimming). It is hoped that the combined kilometres of Australians will equal 27,650km — which is the equivalent to one lap around Australia.

Physical inactivity is one of the greatest risk factors for heart disease, so along with raising funds, you will be doing your heart a favour.

So, if you want to get behind this great cause or find out more information, visit http://www.redfebrelay.com.au/ today.

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Ovarian Cancer Month

teal ribbonDid you know that ovarian cancer is the 7th most common cause of cancer death in Australian women?

In Australia, February is Ovarian Cancer month which is designed to raise awareness of this disease, along with much-needed funds for research.

It is estimated that this year, around 15,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The sadder statistic is that this type of cancer has a low survival rate with only 43 per cent of diagnosed women surviving longer than five years.

Unfortunately, there is no early detection test for ovarian cancer, making it the most serious and life threatening of all gynaecological cancers.

Symptoms can be vague and may be mistaken for other more minor health problems. Common symptoms include:

  • Abdominal or pelvic pain
  • Increased abdominal size or persistent abdominal bloating
  • Needing to urinate often and urgently
  • Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly.

It is vital that all women be aware of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer and consult their doctor promptly if they are concerned about their health.

Further information about ovarian cancer, including a downloadable symptom diary, can be found at http://www.ovariancancer.net.au/

Oh, and keep your eye open for teal ribbons on sale during February. All proceeds will help raise awareness to save lives and provide support for those touched by ovarian cancer.