A SHEFFIELD woman who has battled ovarian cancer twice has spoken out about her ordeal in order to raise awareness of the disease and encourage others to be on the lookout for symptoms.
Lisa Beardow was diagnosed for the first time at the age of just 32 and had to have both of her ovaries removed.
Six years later and the cancer returned - resulting in her undergoing further surgery to have her womb and cervix removed in order to save her life.
Lisa is speaking out about her experiences as part of national charity Ovacome’s BEAT campaign, highlighting the importance of being aware of the symptoms of ovarian cancer.
B is for bloating that is persistent and doesn’t come and go, E is for eating less and feeling fuller, A is for abdominal pain felt most days, and T is for talking to your GP.
Lisa said: “The charity, Ovacome, became a significant part of my life. I could always phone and speak to someone who had been through a similar experience, and that was tremendously helpful. Please don’t ever give up hope.”
Visit www.ovacome.org.uk for more information about ovarian cancer, the charity and its work.