Every woman and those who love them should know about ovarian cancer.
If it is diagnosed early – at stage 1 when the disease is confined to the ovary – survival rates are high.
But ovarian cancer is often diagnosed late when it has spread into the abdomen, and further, and survival rates then are much, much lower.
Lack of knowledge about the disease is one reason it is so often diagnosed late. Another is that the symptoms can be vague and can often be for other, far less serious, conditions.
My daughter had been to her GP for two years with symptoms.
She has a rare subtype of ovarian – low grade serous carcinoma – which disproportionately strikes younger women.
Sally Rae wrote Jane’s story in survivor changing focus for the ODT.
Clare de Lore wrote about Jane in how an ovarian cancer patient is fighting the myth of the ‘silent killer’ for The Listener.
Katie Kenny interviewed her for we’re comfortable talking about breast cancer, but ovarian cancer remains a forgotten disease on Stuff.
Dunedin Central Rotary Club reviewed her speech here.
Jane has a blog janehascancer.com
If you missed my blog post with Jane’s story, you’ll find it at living under cancer sword.
You can learn more, and donate to lifesaving research at Cure Our Ovarian Cancer