Ovarian cancer health warning after shock diagnosis

Women are being warned of a “silent killer” disease that can initially present as irregular periods.

Ovarian cancer affects approximately 7,000 women each year, making it one of the most common types of cancer in women.

Tragically there are around 4,100 deaths from ovarian cancer in the UK every year – that’s 11 days.

The four main symptoms are persistent gas; pelvic or abdominal pain; feeling of fullness or loss of appetite and increased need to urinate, The sun reported.

But women are now being warned of a little-known symptom that could be a sign you need to get checked out.

Elementary school teacher and mother-of-two Emma Durkin, 48, said she dismissed her irregular periods as menopause.

But she soon began to experience severe pain before doctors found an abscess on her right ovary.

While having it drained, medics found a cyst on her left ovary – and a biopsy revealed she had ovarian cancer.

she said ON TV: β€œIt was a massive shock. I wasn’t expecting it, it came completely out of the blue. I had never heard of ovarian cancer.

“I’ve been up to date with my swabs and thought they’d find something down there, but they don’t.

“Ovarian cancer is known as the silent killer because it’s really hard to find.

“Three specialists looked at my scans and none of them found the cancer.

“Without the biopsy, I wouldn’t have known. I just didn’t know and thought I was going through menopause.”

She has now undergone major surgery and will soon start chemotherapy.

She explained: “I think everyone thinks about cancer, about being poor and having no hair. They never hear or tend to see the surgical side of it.

“I had 44 staples in my stomach and I was really sick. When I was in the hospital I almost gave up, it was just awful.”

She is now urging other women to look out for the signs of ovarian cancer.

She said: “I just want people to be aware of that. It’s a silent killer and kills women.

“If you have any problems downstairs, go and have them checked out. If you think something is wrong, get a second opinion.”

This article originally appeared on The Sun and is reproduced with permission

Originally posted as an urgent health warning about “silent killers” that can appear as irregular periods

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