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Touch of teal to show ovarian cancer suport

Rochester's Mick Baker is not afraid of a little nail polish. The business owner has had his fingernails painted teal and white to raise awareness of ovarian cancer.

ELAINE COONEY February 11, 2014 4:10am

Alex Weeks looks at Mick Baker’s fingernails, painted teal and white to raise awareness of ovarian cancer

Rochester Wine Bar owner Mick Baker was the first man to have his nails painted in support of ovarian cancer month at Rochester Chemmart.

Mr Baker said a friend’s mother died from ovarian cancer 10 years ago so he was happy to raise awareness of the disease.

‘‘She didn’t notice until it was too late,’’ he said.

Mr Baker will place a donation tin in his bar so people can support the charity.

He said his newly polished nails would draw people’s attention which would raise awareness for the cause.

Rochester Chemmart owner Brett Phillips said he would encourage other men and women to support the cause throughout February.

The chemist is offering packs of teal and white nail polish packs for $6.99 and all proceeds will go to Ovarian Cancer Australia.

Ovarian Cancer Australia conducts research into the disease, supports patients and raises awareness about the cancer throughout Australia.

Mr Phillips said his staff would offer in-store mini-manicures on February 27 for a gold coin donation to raise vital funds for the charity.

The shop will also sell lolly packs and tickets for a monster raffle throughout the month.

‘‘We hope to see the local community come out in force during February wearing their teal nail polish to show their support for women with ovarian cancer.’’

Mr Phillips said women needed to be aware of the symptoms as they were sometimes vague and there was no screening test available for the disease.

He advised women to go to their GP is they suffered from the symptoms (below).

‘‘We’ve supported Ovarian Cancer Australia for a number of years and are delighted to be able to continue to do so this year with this exciting initiative,’’ he said.

Ovarian Cancer Australia’s symptoms list:

abdominal or pelvic pain;

increased abdominal size or persistent abdominal bloating;

needing to urinate often or urgently;

feeling full after eating a small amount;

changes in your bowel habits;

unexplained weight gain or weight loss;

bleeding in between periods or after menopause;

back pain;

indigestion or nausea;

excessive fatigue; and

pain during intercourse.

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