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WATCH: Knowledge of ovarian cancer symptoms can save lives

SURVIVOR: Hervey Bay’s Karlie Holloway is organising an afternoon teal to raise money for ovarian cancer research. She is a survivor of the disease.
SURVIVOR: Hervey Bay’s Karlie Holloway is organising an afternoon teal to raise money for ovarian cancer research. She is a survivor of the disease. Alistair Brightman

KARLIE Holloway wants to help other women save their own lives.

This month is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month and the Hervey Bay woman faced her own battle with the disease head on in 2015.

After surgery and chemotherapy, Karlie has been told by her doctors she is now cancer-free but she still has to have blood tests every three months to ensure her recovery is still on track.

"I'm not out of the woods yet," she said.

 

Despite having fought for her life, Karlie says she is one of the lucky ones.

Her cancer was not detected until it has spread to her stomach.

But despite being diagnosed with stage three ovarian cancer, Karlie said she was luckier than many other women who didn't find out until it had already spread to a major organ.

She said she urged any woman who had concerns about their health to not give up until they had answers.

It wasn't until her stomach became extremely bloated and she was referred to a gynaecologist that the cancer was detected.

Karlie said if she could have two wishes it would be that every woman would have knowledge of the symptoms of ovarian cancer and that there was a straightforward test, like a pap smear for cervical cancer or a mammogram for breast cancer, that women could take that would enable early detection.

On February 28, Karlie said she was hosting a morning teal, named for the colour of ovarian cancer, for her friends to raise money for ovarian cancer research.

She raised $5000 last year through various events after her diagnosis.

SYMPTOMS

  • Abdominal bloating
  • Constipation
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Fatigue

Topics:  lives, ovarian cancer, survivor, symptoms



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