Covid-19 has cancelled many things but cancer isn’t cancelled.
It’s World Ovarian Cancer Day.
- A Pap test (cervical smear test) does not detect ovarian cancer
- Ovarian cancer is often diagnosed at a late stage
- Diagnosing Ovarian cancer before it spreads makes it much more treatable
- Symptom awareness might lead to quicker diagnosis
- Common symptoms include:
a. Persistent bloating
b. Difficulty eating
c. Feeling full quickly
d. Pelvic/abdominal pain
e. Urinary symptoms
Around one in 70 New Zealand will be diagnosed with the disease this year.
Around one in 1,000 will, like my daughter Jane, have the rare subtype low grade serous ovarian cancer that disproportionately strikes younger women.
You can learn more at: cureourovariancancer.org
Jane’s personal blog is janehascancer.com