February is ovarian cancer awareness month, and women like Ms Townsend are speaking out about their cancer experience to highlight a disease often not diagnosed until it is too late. Ovarian cancer is the fourth-leading cause of cancer-related death in New Zealand women, and kills one every two days. There are four basic types of ovarian cancer: Ms Townsend's was uncommon, but could be treated successfully if caught soon enough. ''People need to talk about ovarian cancer,'' Ms Townsend said. ''There are plenty of cancers which are spoken about, but ovarian cancer isn't spoken about enough.
Source: Otago Daily Times February 14, 2018 16:18 UTC