‘Visiting your GP won’t kill you, but cancer might...’

SUPPORT Dorothy Petty
SUPPORT Dorothy Petty

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I WAS diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2005 when I was 68.

After being diagnosed I had a operation to treat the cancer and later went on to have chemotherapy for a period of six months. Unfortunately in 2012 the cancer returned, which meant I had to go through more chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

I’m urging women aged 50 and over to have a check up, as women over 50 are more likely to suffer from ovarian cancer.

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month is in March and can make all the difference to improving awareness and a better understanding of the disease.

After suffering from the cancer, I want to raise awareness about the illness. So as a retired woman I run a support group for women who have ovarian cancer.

I want women of all ages to be fully aware. Some of my symptoms were feeling very bloated and full up, which caused me not to eat and feel very under the weather.

After noticing these symptoms, I went to my GP, who gave me a blood test and later diagnosed it.

If you have symptoms and are doubting whether you may have ovarian cancer, ask your GP for a blood test.

Too many women of all ages are dying being oblivious to the symptoms of ovarian cancer.

Living with cancer is very depressing, you just need to live life as if you didn’t have cancer so it takes your mind off things.

Advice to sufferers – listen to your oncologist. If treatment is recommended go for it as soon as possible it can save your life. So many people lose their lives being oblivious to ovarian cancer. If you’re not happy, visiting your GP won’t kill you – but ovarian cancer might.’