The last few months have been tough for a couple of reasons. Firstly my amazing Consultant gently informed me that he was leaving after nearly 30 years taking care of me and my PCOS. I always knew this day would come, I’m lucky to have had him take care of me for so long.
Secondly I have had to have tests and scans for suspected Ovarian Cancer after the occurence of some worrying symptoms. Women with PCOS are at increased risk of endometrial cancer and Ovarian cancer is also increased 2- to 3-fold in women with PCOS. Ovarian cancer, or cancer of the ovaries, is one of the most common types of cancer in women.
I had every one of the symptoms of Ovarian Cancer apart from one, weightloss! Worryingly, many of these symptoms are similar to Irritable Bowel Syndrome which is why it is often diagnosed in the later stages.
Thankfully all my blood test and internal and external ultrasound test results showed no Ovarian Cancer. This whole experience has taught me to be more self aware, to value life and live it to it’s fullest. Ladies do not ignore sudden and/or strange symptoms, don’t just assume you know it is. As David has always said to me, “You know your body better than anyone” so don’t risk your life. Target Ovarian Cancer is the UK’s leading ovarian cancer charity. They work to improve early diagnosis, fund life-saving research and provide much-needed support to women with ovarian cancer. Visit their website at https://www.targetovariancancer.org.uk/