LYNN Hill from Alrewas is living with a death sentence.
She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in April 2012 and despite being given the all-clear on in December 2013 she has been told the cancer is guaranteed to return.
Lynn, 50, had a tumour the size of a pineapple which was not discovered until the cancer was at a critical stage. She has no family history of cancer and has been told that she will not make it to pension age.
As part of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in March she wants to raise awareness of the symptoms.
Known as the most deadly gynaecological cancer - ovarian cancer kills one woman every two hours in the UK. As well as this 32 per cent of ovarian cancer patients in the UK are diagnosed each year through an emergency route. Lynne was told she had IBS and a weak pelvic floor and was only diagnosed following a visit to A&E with breathing problems and stomach pains.
She also feels that many women are not diagnosed early enough because they are considered too young.
She said: “A lady I met on Facebook died at the weekend, she was younger than me. She had two teenage boys. The cancer was missed because it was thought she was too young.
“If women are aware of the symptoms they can be more assertive. They can say I haven’t got IBS and it’s not because I’m a post woman. I accepted it because they were consultants.
“The hardest thing I have had to face is when you sit down and tell your child you’ve got cancer and they don’t think you can survive, they just see death.”
She added: “Women shouldn’t be embarrassed about going to the doctors with gynaecology problems because it could save your life.”
The four main symptoms of ovarian cancer are persistent stomach pain, persistent bloating or increased stomach size, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly, needing to urinate more frequently.
Ovarian Cancer Action is urging women to check their family history. A family history of breast and/or ovarian cancer may indicate that there is the presence of a BRCA1/2 mutation, which increases the risk of getting ovarian cancer.