Morayfield local and cancer survivor, Deryl Jarvie gave an exclusive sit-down interview to Scott Lachmund from 4510TV – Caboolture, to get the word out and raise awareness about ovarian cancer.
Now in remission and thankful to be alive, Mrs Jarvie reflects on her journey from when she realised something was wrong, through to becoming a survivor with her family and friends by her side every step of the way.
While breast cancer receives a huge amount of awareness, and it should, Mrs Jarvie said ovarian cancer needed far more attention than it had been getting.
“43 percent of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer survive after a five year period,” Mrs Jarvie said in a 4510TV – Caboolture video interview. “89 percent of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer survive after a five year period.
“My poor darling Bruce fell apart, he was really emotional and he cried, he just felt he couldn’t do anything to fix the situation.
“Dangerously he actually went onto the internet and started researching, and had me dead-and-buried.”
According to the Ovarian Cancer Australia website: In Australia, three women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every day. It could be you, your friend, your partner, your sister, your mum, your grandma or your daughter.
There is no early detection test for ovarian cancer and the Pap test does not detect the disease.
Each year in Australia around 1400 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and more than 1000 will die from the disease.
Approximately 75% of women are diagnosed at an advanced stage, where the cancer has spread and is difficult to treat successfully.
If you are not comfortable with your doctor’s diagnosis or you are still concerned about unexplained persistent symptoms, you should seek a second opinion.
You know your body better than anyone else, so always listen to what your body is saying and trust your instincts.
Mrs Jarvie said the key is to know your body and being persistent in seeking a diagnosis if you think something isn’t right.