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Let's save lives from Ovarian Cancer

    • 759 posts
    December 4, 2012 1:23 PM GMT

    Together we can raise awareness of the symptoms to look out for and quite literally save lives!


    One of my closest friends has started chemotherapy for ovarian cancer today.


    She has only just turned 40 and is a really healthy person who drinks sensibly, doesn't smoke and is one of the lovliest people I know.


    The ONLY symptoms she noticed 3 months ago were feeling full quickly and some bloating.


    After 3 months she began to feel a hard mass in her stomach so finally went to the doctor.


    6 weeks ago she had a full hysterectomy and they removed a tumour that weighed a kilo.


    Today she has started chemotherapy.


    *** IF SHE HAD GONE TO THE DOCTORS SOONER THINGS WOULD BE MUCH BETTER FOR HER ***


    I want to help save lives and raise awareness of ovarian cancer and its symptoms.


    Please join and share this group and check out the links and information I will add.


    This post was edited by JaneGSD at December 4, 2012 1:39 PM GMT
    • 759 posts
    December 4, 2012 1:24 PM GMT
    SUPPORT FOR WOMEN LIVING IN THE USA:

    Ovarian Cancer National Alliance

    http://www.ovariancancer.org/ />
    Ribbons to remember:
    http://www.ribbonstoremember.org/
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    • 759 posts
    December 4, 2012 1:39 PM GMT
    THE FOUR MAIN SYMPTOMS TO LOOK OUT FOR:

    Knowing the signs could help you seek advice early and save either your life or the life of a woman you love.

    The four main symptoms of ovarian cancer are:

    1) Persistent stomach pain

    2) Persist bloating or increased stomach size

    3) Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
    Needing to wee more frequently

    Occasionally other symptoms may include:

    * Changes in bowel habits (diarrhoea or constipation)

    * Fatigue

    * Back pain

    The key features of the symptoms of ovarian cancer are:

    Their persistency – they don’t go away

    Their frequency - they occur on most days

    They are new – they started in the last 12 months

    They are unusual – they are not normal for you

    Similar to IBS - but ovarian cancer symptoms are distinctive because they are frequent and persistent whilst IBS symptoms come and go


    *** Remember, early diagnosis may save lives. ***
    • 45 posts
    December 5, 2012 6:50 AM GMT
    thank you Jane!! I was honestly quite unaware of a great deal of the info you posted.
    • 759 posts
    December 5, 2012 11:08 AM GMT
    Thanks lovely!

    I really hope to save some lives!!!
    xx
  • April 7, 2013 9:11 PM BST

    how do you prevent it ..It is sucha horrible.

    • 759 posts
    April 7, 2013 10:16 PM BST

    Hi AngrySmileyFace,

     

    There is no way to prevent it BUT finding it early can literally save your life.

     

    My fried has it and if she has gone to the doctors earlier her outlook would be SO much brighter.

     

     

    x

    • 12 posts
    April 23, 2013 7:48 AM BST
    tx jane for those infos
    • 0 posts
    April 23, 2013 11:22 PM BST

    OMG that makes me wonder how often I should get checked, I went to the doctor's today to find out what the pain I've been feeling was luckily it was nothing serious, I also asked him about PAP smears and I told him that's I'll be back to get one, I'm defenitely going back.

    • 759 posts
    April 24, 2013 8:25 AM BST

    Hi ldnc,

     

    I'm really pleased for you that it is noting serious.

     

    Yes, always a good idea to have a smear - if they find cancer in the early stages you can often survive it.

     

    It's when it's been growing for a while that the prognosis gets bleaker.

     

    Take care,

     

    Jane

    • 3 posts
    April 24, 2013 10:39 AM BST

    wow... the symptoms are very similar to crohns disease which i have, and have regular  scans and check ups myself so think i would be fortunate to catch it early if anything did develop... but this is an amazing bit of information, which i will forward on to my friends, im very conscious of them checking theirselves anyway... but will be sure to show them this :-) x

    • 3 posts
    July 29, 2013 2:02 AM BST
    Thanks for the information, jane. It may will help me. Xoxo
    • 4 posts
    March 14, 2017 6:58 AM GMT

    Thanks Jane for sharing this wonderful info.

     I really congratulate you for taking the effort to post it here.