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The most important thing oncologist Professor Tom Jobling says in a conversation about ovarian cancer isn't even a word. It's CXCL10.
While the OCRF has been around nearly 20 years its launch was certainly not something that happened overnight. It took drive and hard work.
Behind everything that we do, and everything that we are working towards, are the real Australian women who are threatened by this insidious disease. Here are the stories of women who have experienced ovarian cancer first-hand, and share their experiences to help spread awareness of the urgent need for an early detection test.
Kel was 43 years old when she was diagnosed with Stage 3 ovarian cancer in 2014. Despite successful treatment, she unfortunately suffered a relapse in September 2017.
Leane was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in April 2017. Her diagnosis was a complete surprise because she was in good health and had no obvious symptoms.
Lindy was 25 years old when she felt a lump on the left side of her pelvis, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. That was 30 years ago. Lindy beat it.
When Jemima was just 5 years old, she was heartbreakingly diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
Vali was only 19 when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after doctors found a tumour during an operation she was undergoing for endometriosis.
Monika Tasic was just 27 years old when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after a colleague pointed out her abdominal bloating.
"Yes, there are many negative aspects – physical and emotional - but there is also good stuff - laughs, and the community that have buoyed me up. Through my involvement in advocacy with the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF), I’ve learned a lot and gained some hope."- Sarah Tidey, OCRF ambassador, Ovarian Cancer Patient
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