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Ovarian Cancer: How Early Detection Saved This Woman’s Life

ovarian cancer saved this womans life

Ovarian Cancer: How Early Detection Saved This Woman’s Life

As a busy mother of two, working a full-time job as a primary schoolteacher, Paula Cann had plenty of reasons to ignore the subtle changes that were happening inside her body. 

Paul Cann working as a primary teacher and mother of two could ignore the subtle body changes that were happening. She noticed that she had to go peeing not only very often but with more urgency. It got to such as point that without desperately visiting the bathroom she could not enjoy her evening walks. Whenever she would lie down, inside her stomach she noticed a subtle lump. She did not worry much since it was painless. She blamed her stress and tiredness as a cause of these symptoms.

Finally one day she decided of visiting a primary health care provider. He also did not feel the situation was alarming. He thought that it is an ovarian cyst. He told her to undergo surgery because the doctor felt that the cyst was too large. He decided of removing the cyst surgically. After two weeks she discovered that she was in stage two of ovarian cancer. Immediately appropriate treatment was started. For a long time Cann had brushed off the symptoms of ovarian cancer but what actually saved her life was her decision of going to the doctor.

Hence she urges all women that notice even small changes that happen to the body since they can result into larger consequences. She advices that all women should pay close attention to their body. If Cann had not decided of removing her cyst then even a month waiting would make a large difference in her life.  Just in the nick of time Cann got het disease and so she was able to get favourable prognosis.

The elusive nature of ovarian cancer makes it difficult to diagnose. Even after a small meal or snack, women may feel unusually full since it can obstruct other organs due to its large size. Some may even lose their appetite. Working women and women busy with household work may easily ignore these changes.

By the time the symptoms become noticeable; the tumors become enlarged and may spread to other locations. This makes it more deadly and difficult to treat. Despite all this for survival early diagnosis is crucial. Hence if any of these symptoms that Cann experienced are noticed then she suggests women to go to the doctor.

Fortunately, after the treatment Cann was successfully treated. She is now free of cancer after chemotherapy. Her early diagnosis saved her life but still to prevent recurrence she regularly visits the doctor for three months for two years. The doctors do not want to risk missing the relapse since the cancer is dangerous.

Her story is not a common one; many women diagnosed with ovarian cancer don’t do well. According to the Ovarian Cancer Action, in almost one third of women, the ovarian cancer is diagnosed too late. Thus there is a drop in the survival expectancy. There are 90 percent chances of survival if the woman is in stage one and 4 percent chances of survival if the woman is in stage four. Women are urged that they should pay close attention their bodies and pay attention to even subtle changes that is out of ordinary. Cann was lucky that she was detected at a stage that was treatable. She hopes to set an example for those with similar experiences.