3 Myths About Ovarian Cancer You Need To Stop Believing

3 Myths About Ovarian Cancer You Need To Stop Believing

by | Feb 7, 2019

Ovarian Cancer is known as the ‘silent killer’ because it’s difficult to detect in its early stages. Symptoms are often mistaken for other conditions and currently, there is no screening test for women, which means that many women are diagnosed at a later stage.  

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, more than 1500 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2019, while 1046 Australian women are expected to die from the disease this year. 

But perhaps the most concerning thing about ovarian cancer is the lack of awareness and the misconceptions that circulate in the public sphere that can give women a false sense of security. Here, we debunk a few of the biggest myths:

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1. Pap smears can detect ovarian cancer. False.


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The Pap test was recently replaced by a new Cervical Screening Test in Australia. Women who are aged 25-74 years of age and/or have been sexually active should have a Cervical Screening Test every five years until the age of 74. However, this test does not look for ovarian cancer. “Both are gynaecological cancers, but they do have different anatomical locations and different outcomes for patients,” says Dr Kristina Warton from the University of New South Wales. Transvaginal ultrasounds, pelvic exams and blood tests measuring the amount of a protein called CA-125 in the blood are the most common tests used to diagnose ovarian cancer.

RELATED: These Are The Most Common Symptoms Of Ovarian Cancer

2. The HPV vaccine will protect against ovarian cancer. False.

The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine protects against nine types of the virus which cause about 90 per cent of cervical cancers. However, it doesn’t help to protect the body against ovarian cancer.  “It seems a common misconception that ovarian cancer is prevented by the HPV vaccine,” says Dr Warton. “This likely stems from the confusion between cervical cancer, which is in fact prevented by the HPV vaccine and detected by Pap smears, and ovarian cancer, for which there isn’t a vaccine or a detection test.”


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3. BRCA only increases your risk of breast cancer, not ovarian cancer. False

BRCA1 and BRCA2 are genes that can inherit mutations increasing the risk of breast and ovarian cancers. Krystal Barter Founder of Pink Hope a preventative health hub says “if you have had/have ovarian cancer or have family history of the disease you should consider genetic testing. It could empower you with lifesaving knowledge that could lead to more personalised treatments and risk reduction options”.

To find out more about your risk of ovarian cancer, visit Pink Hope.

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But as we transition from leggings to shorts, it becomes clear pretty quickly that not all shorts are created equal, and certainly not all shorts are fit for a workout. Take it from us at Women’s Health HQ, we’ve been there, tried it and lived to see the consequences. From the shorts that look cute but ride up to show your undies on the run, to those that feel like being strapped into a harness that’s digging into your hip bones. Then there are the fabrics that can cause chafing – a big no – and those that basically shine a spotlight on any area you might be sweating. 

Thankfully, a number of brands are here to cater to your exercise needs with innovative materials, fabrics and sustainable options to see you through a summer of movement. Regardless of your workout preferences or daily activity, we’ve selected the best shorts that will ensure you feel good in your body, shorts that get you excited to embrace the day and attack it with energy, that make you want to get outside and enjoy the outdoors, whether it be walking, running, or socialising in the park. Here are our pick of the best bike shorts below. 


Uptown Biker, $240

What says summer more than a pop of orange and the sleek shape of these Nagnata biker shorts? With its mid-length and horizontal raised rib side detail, these are shorts you can wear both for a workout and out to meet the girls. Made in Australia with a technical knit fabrication, the double-layer jacquard provides gentle sculpting qualities for the body, making it an excellent choice for light to moderate fitness activities like yoga, pilates or barre. 

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New Balance

Q Speed Fuel Short, $70

We love the colour of these shorts from New Balance which are cut with a sleek, speedy look that also helps to elongate the legs. Featuring NB DRY moisture wicking fabric, these are the shorts you want for high intensity exercise or long runs, keeping you comfortable and dry. There’s also an interior brief for added comfort and a stash pocket to keep your essentials. 

All Access

Ultra High Rise Zip Front Biker Short, $78

Yes, the colour is amazing but the fit is equally sensational on these All Access shorts. For those who love a high-rise fit and wide waistband that holds you in at the waist, look no further. The sleek, shiny look offers mid-compression and the fabric is moisture-wicking, so you can stay comfortable even during your sweatiest workouts. 


Nike x Naomi Osaka Utility Short, $90

Few things are worse than heading out the door for a run and realising your shorts offer no pockets for those essentials you need. You’re left to hold your iPhone, keys, and anything else you might need in your sweaty palm. Thankfully, Naomi Osaka knows what we need when it comes to exercise shorts and these utility shorts from her collaboration with Nike offer all that and more with a relaxed fit and elastic waistband. 


Session short Tights, $72

When it comes to bike shorts, you want to feel supported and held in but you also want to be able to breathe. These Tracksmith session short tights are exceptional in offering support while still ensuring comfort remains a priority. Forget about chafing, these shorts won’t ride up and down and the fabric offers more coverage and support against the body. 

Outdoor Voices

Relay 3” Short, $48

Who said summer shorts have to be boring? Outdoor Voices brings fashion-forward style and playfulness to their collections with fun prints and exciting colours. We love the relay 3” shorts for their ultralight, quick-drying fabric that also happens to be made from recycled polyester. But more importantly, we love the print and Poppy Swirl is as good as it gets. There’s even a hidden pocket for your valuables, too. 


Align High-Rise Short 6”, $69

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Spiritual Gangster

Seamless Biker Short, $112

These biker shorts from Spiritual Gangster move with you, thanks to a three-tiered compressive waistband that offers a flattering high waist that hugs you in all the right places, without proving constrictive. They offer medium compression but are built for all day comfort, and the colour is a true summer staple because, let’s face it, who doesn’t love tie-dye?