“I mistook my ovarian cancer symptoms for IBS”

April 11, 2019

By Catriona Harvey-Jenner Whilst suffering from a bloated belly regularly isn’t necessarily a sign of something more serious, for some women, it is. Like Fiona, 33, who mistook the signs of ovarian cancer for something far less life-changing. “Like many 20-something women, I was suffering from IBS symptoms; I’d bloat, get an upset stomach and […]

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Model and Body Positive Activist Elly Mayday Dies of Ovarian Cancer at Age 30

March 8, 2019

By JULIE MAZZIOTTA Model and body positive activist Elly Mayday has died at age 30, after a long struggle with ovarian cancer. Her family announced that she had passed away on March 1 on her social media accounts. “Ashley was a country girl at heart who had a passion for life that was undeniable,” her […]

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Brave 2-year-old is fighting rare ovarian cancer as family holds onto hope: ‘She’s our hero’

February 28, 2019

By Nicole Pelletiere In a rare occurrence, a toddler is being treated for a bout with ovarian cancer. Now, her family is determined to raise awareness about her condition. McKenna Shea Xydias, known to family and friends as “Kenni,” was diagnosed on Feb. 15 with ovarian yolk sac tumor. The 2-year-old’s parents, Mike and Meagan […]

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New device can detect cancer in just a drop of blood

February 28, 2019

By Maria Cohut Some types of cancer, such as ovarian cancer, tend to remain undetected until they are too advanced for treatment to be effective. Now, an innovative tool may be able to detect cancer easily, quickly, and in minuscule amounts of blood. In a bid to find a simple, effective way of identifying hard-to-diagnose […]

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HPV Stigma Can Impact Cervical Cancer Screening Rates & That Could Have Terrible Consequences

February 16, 2019

By Sanam Yar Social stigma surrounding sexually transmitted infections, or STIs, is not a new concept. Unfortunately, stigma persists despite the fact that STIs are quite common — the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that there are nearly 20 million new infections each year in the United States. And these negative attitudes towards […]

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Martin Short Opens Up About Losing His Wife Nancy Dolman to Cancer: ‘It’s So Tough’

February 7, 2019

By GILLIAN TELLING Martin Short has had one hell of a career—but he also had a pretty great ride with his wife, actress Nancy Dolman, whom he lost to ovarian cancer in 2010 after 30 years of marriage together. In a new cover story with AARP the magazine, the Father of the Bride star, 68—who […]

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Kathy Bates on ovarian cancer: ‘I was focused on my own survival’

February 7, 2019

It was nine years ago that Kathy Bates was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She waited years before talking about it publicly. Now she’s come forward and wants to make up for lost time. At the time of her illness, “I was focused on my own survival,” Bates says in a video for the Ovarian Cancer […]

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Researchers Use Stem Cells to Produce Cancer-targeting Antibodies

January 30, 2019

In a new study, researchers have used stem cell proteins to create an antibody that can specifically recognize and be taken up by some types of breast and ovarian cancers. The study, “Conservation of oncofetal antigens on human embryonic stem cells enables discovery of monoclonal antibodies against cancer,” was published in Scientific Reports. Antibodies are […]

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HPV: the whole story, warts and all

January 29, 2019

Most of us will be infected with human papillomavirus at some point in our lives. There are more than 100 different types of the virus, most of which cause no symptoms and go away by themselves without treatment. Other types cause harmless growths such as verrucas and warts. But the virus also has a more […]

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