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Janet
Janet's cancer diagnosis freed her from a stressful job
Despite a family history of ovarian cancer, when Janet started experiencing lower abdominal pain, she struggled to get her doctor to send her for a scan or a CA125 blood test. Janet was eventually diagnosed with ovarian cancer and later suffered a recurrence of the disease. Despite this, she is...
Shelley and her daughter
Shelley was most worried about the implications for her daughter
When Shelley discovered she carried the BRCA1 mutation her emotions were mixed. She now had access to more treatment options, but she was terrified about what the result might mean for her daughter… The first time I was offered genetic testing I refused. It just didn’t feel right. But after my...
Ingrid was much more likely to carry the BRCA gene mutation
Ingrid knows all about the BRCA gene mutation. As an Ashkenazi Jewish woman, she’s around 10 times more likely to carry the mutation than women in the general population. Now, having recently received confirmation that she has the BRCA1 gene mutation, she talks about her ovarian cancer experience,...
Mary
Most of the Mary's relatives on her father's side have had cancer
It was only after being diagnosed that Mary discovered she had a family history of ovarian cancer. Here she discusses the shock of her diagnosis, and why she believes it’s so important for women to know their risk of ovarian cancer...  I had always known that two of my aunts died young. I was told...

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