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Don't let it happen to you

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By Kay Kerbyson

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month and this is deadly serious – no pun intended. We all have a responsibility to turn this disease from the “Silent Killer” that it is, into a “Known Threat.”

Do you think that ovarian cancer only strikes women older than 60? Especially those who are childless? So did I three years ago. But the fact remains that while the median age for this disease is 63, some 32 percentof women younger than 55, many pre-menopausal, will succumb to the disease.

Do you think that there is no link between breast cancer and ovarian cancer? So did I. My mother had breast cancer, but I had no idea that it could put me at increased risk for ovarian cancer, too.

That lack of knowledge caused me to go from a clean bill of health in March of 2006 to advanced stage ovarian cancer in November of that year. Now, nearly three years on, after an eight-hour operation, two six-month rounds of chemotherapy and two clinical drug trials, I am in remission. But as you will see, the story doesn’t end here.

Every women needs to know the warning signs and how to take action.


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