OVARIAN CANCER by MEL YU
Many of you may know me as Mel, Fabian's wife and co-owner of Sports Magic.I'm also a mum to two beautiful children and a Teal Warrior. Last August 2018 I was diagnosed with LGSOC Low-Grade Serous Ovarian Carcinoma or Ovarian cancer (Low Grade).For those of you who don't know Ovarian cancer is the deadliest gynaecological cancer in the world. It is divided into two main types, High Grade and Low Grade. High Grade is the most common type (around 90%-95% of Ovarian cancers) and more aggressive. Low Grade makes up 5-10% of diagnosed Ovarian Cancer. Compared to High Grade, Low grade is relatively resistant to chemotherapy. If you are fortunate enough to go into remission (NED) approx 85% of women with Low Grade will have their cancer return. The current median survival rate is 8 years. We need to improve these numbers. We need to raise awareness and we need to raise money to fund much-needed research.
What are the symptoms of Ovarian cancer?
Feeling fuller but eating less
Need to urinate urgently
Bowel motions change
These are very vague symptoms which most of us women can relate too more often than not. There is no screening test for Ovarian cancer. Despite women believing a PAP smear will detect Ovarian cancer this is incorrect. Ovarian cancer can be detected by a Transvaginal ultrasound (internal) and a CA125 blood test.A CT or an MRI may also be used. Breast cancer survival rates are now at 90%, an amazing feat thanks to the hard work of survivors and their families who fought hard to ensure much-needed funding was provided for breast cancer research. We now need to focus on increasing funding for Ovarian Cancer research, especially Low Grade as survival rates have changed very little in the last 30 years. This is a long tough road and one in which I intend to make a difference. Every woman, every mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, daughter deserves a future. Two major surgeries and nearly 5 months of chemo and I refuse to give up. I will make a difference, we can help fund research just as our breast cancer sisters have.I have created a range and 100% of the profits will go to CURE OUR OVARIAN CANCER AUSTRALIA, a charity who supports life-saving Low-Grade ovarian cancer research.cureourovariancancer.org.au