What No One Tells You About Being Diagnosed With Ovarian Cancer

A sales executive in Chicago, now-61-year-old Naomi had both the BRCA gene and an older sister with breast cancer. So in 2013, she went in for an oophorectomy (removal of the ovaries) to decrease her chances of getting breast cancer.

But she had missed her most recent CA-125 blood test (which can detect potential cancer activity). “I woke up from the surgery to find out I had stage 3 ovarian cancer,” Naomi says. “The doctor didn’t wait, though. He got out as much as possible while I was under, and I believe he saved my life. The CA-125 was more reliable than I gave it credit for, though. It was a matter of less than two years that I went from having a healthy test to having stage 3 ovarian cancer.”

Naomi relapsed last year and says she wishes she had gone in for the oophorectomy years sooner than she did—but that her amazing doctor, support from family and friends, and a positive outlook all helped her. “If you’re statistically-inclined to get cancer, don’t wait to do whatever it is you might have to do,” she says. “Know that you’re okay—and you can do it.”

Source : https://www.prevention.com/health/health-conditions/g24566139/what-no-one-tells-you-about-ovarian-cancer/

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