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Alison Farmer was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the age of 40. Luckily, it was held early. Here’s the story of how she recovered – and went on to have her daughter.

“I’d had a little bit of mid-cycle draining – which isn’t one of the many common symptoms. That was all we had.

“The GP pronounced that all women get it. But it wasn’t normal for me – and we consider it’s really critical that any gynaecological sign should be followed up if it’s not normal for the woman.”

She was referred for a hysteroscopy test to check her uterus and an ultrasound – and that found a cam growth. It was graded as a 1C – an early theatre of cancer.

Alison, who now works as a psycho-oncology helper specialist, says it was only since she was “a helper and utterly assertive” that she felt means to pull for tests.

But she says all women should insist on having surprising symptoms checked out.

“If it’s not common for you, be noisy and ask to see a gynaecologist.”

What to watch out for

  • persistent bloating
  • Feeling full fast and/or detriment of appetite
  • pelvic or abdominal pain
  • needing the toilet some-more urgently or some-more often

Other signs can include:

  • diarrhoea or constipation
  • feeling quite tired
  • unexplained weight loss

These symptoms need checking, quite if they are:

  • happening some-more than 12 times a month
  • persistent
  • not normal for you

And any draining after the menopause should always be investigated by a GP.

Source – Target Ovarian Cancer

Women with ovarian cancer may be suggested to have their womb, cervix, ovaries, fallopian tubes and omentum (a piece of fat that protects the abdominal organs) removed, depending on the theatre and class of their cancer.

But Alison wanted to keep her womb.

“My surgeon – who was a gynaecological oncologist – was brilliant. He said, ‘I know you still wish to have a family. While we routinely wouldn’t suggest it, I’m going to offer you that choice.’ Some surgeons would have said, ‘It’s all coming out.'”

Alison had medicine to mislay her ovaries, fallopian tubes and omentum.

Two years later, she became profound with her daughter Phoebe, who is now 13.

“I was totally over the moon.

“When we was diagnosed, we didn’t even consider we would die. What we was many endangered about was having a baby.

“It competence seem bizarre, but it was some-more critical than my life.”

Annwen Jones, arch executive of the gift Target Ovarian Cancer, which is campaigning for some-more investigate into the disease, said: “Two-thirds of women are diagnosed at a after stage, once the cancer has already spread, making it harder to treat.

“We need to see some-more women entirely wakeful of the symptoms of ovarian cancer so they can be diagnosed earlier, and a boost in investment into ovarian cancer research.

“This will renovate the lives of some-more than 25,000 women in the UK who are vital with ovarian cancer, and thousands some-more who are nonetheless to be diagnosed.”

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