Student urges young women to
recognise the symptoms of ovarian cancer at the start of awareness month
A student has warned young women to be
aware of the symptoms of ovarian cancer after she developed the disease as a
teenager. Becky Brothwood, originally from Fazakerley in Liverpool, spoke out at
the start of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
The 20 year old was diagnosed 2 years ago and received chemotherapy treatment at
The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust, Merseyside.
Becky 1st sought medical advice after developing a swollen tummy and needing
to urinate frequently. She initially suspected she might be pregnant and a test
was positive due to the hormones present in her body. She was also suffering
bouts of severe pain and bleeding.
A scan identified a mass in her left ovary and it was removed during surgery.
The tumour was grade 1 ovarian cancer.
Becky said:- "When I was told I had cancer I felt numb and my ears were
ringing. You don't think you will ever get that news or have to tell people you
Becky was 18 at the time and a student at St Helen's College. She returned to
her studies 2 weeks after surgery and during her treatment at The
Clatterbridge Cancer Centre continued to work towards her exams.
She was treated in The Teenage and Young Adults Unit at the specialist cancer
hospital in Wirral.
Becky said:- "The staff at Clatterbridge couldn't have been nicer. Before
my treatment started I came to look round and everyone was so positive. Everyone will be affected by cancer, either themselves or a family member or
friend. Clatterbridge is the most amazing Hospital."
Becky had her chemotherapy administered by specialist staff over nine weeks and
remained upbeat throughout.
She said:- "When they told me I was going to lose my hair I knew I had to
take control. So I shaved it off and sent it away to be made into wigs for other
people who lose their hair."
She is now a student at Bangor University in North Wales and keen to pursue a
career in the charity sector when she graduates. For now she is determined to
raise awareness of ovarian cancer, particularly among young women, and is
planning to go back to her old school to talk to pupils about the disease.
She said:- "I want to spread the word, make people aware of the symptoms
and the fact you can get ovarian cancer when you are young."
John Green, Consultant in Medical Oncology at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre,
said:- "Cancer can strike at any age, although rarer in young women. It is
important to report any change in body image, in particular swelling or bloating
of the tummy, to your Doctor. While unusual urgency to pass water or pain may be
due to something quite simple, if these persist or recur you should seek medical
Cyclists voted the worst for
turning the heating down
HOT blooded cyclists have been found to
be top of the list of thrifty home owners most likely to turn down their heating
at home and make their families suffer in the cold.
That's the finding of Warm.co.uk which has linked people's hobbies and interests
to whether they like the heating up high in their houses, or whether they turn
the thermostat right down in an attempt to save money. And according to
Warm.co.uk who surveyed 2,733 customers, cyclists have the highest tolerance to
low temperatures in their homes. "It seems people with indoor hobbies who are pampered with toasty warm
places to workout also like to be pampered with warm houses. That's what the survey is
Warm.co.uk spokesperson Jonathan Ratcliffe.
According to Warm.co.uk, the people with interests most likely to have their
domestic thermostats dialled down to a lower temperature are:-
"You'll notice that most of these
hobbies are largely based out-of-doors... They've
become so attuned to colder temperatures that they don't want to come home to a
house that is; to them; boiling hot...
But I expect their families think differently." says Ratcliffe.
With cyclists topping the poll, Ratcliffe recognises the irony that one of the
UK's coldest winter pursuits are also the one that seems happy to live in the
cold. "Cycling is perhaps one of the coldest winter sports in the UK, aside from
maybe deep sea fishing and open water swimming..."
People with hobbies most likely to have their heating up high at the end of a
busy day are largely those who are either indoors or in an enclosed space:
Gym and weight training
"Golfers tend to buck the trend when it
comes to heating. It turns out they love nothing
more that roasting their bones when they get home from a round with the heating
turned up as far as it goes.
And who can blame them; maybe too much time in the rough." says Ratcliffe.
However, while these findings show a split on who prefers a warm house to a
colder 1, it doesn't take 1 important factor into account; their families.
As the wife of a keen cyclist told Warm.co.uk:- "He comes home after a
ride, says 'It's a bit warm in here', and turns the thermostat right down until
you can see the steam coming off our breath. I wait until he goes for a shower,
and turn it back up again. The fight for the thermostat is a
battle as old as time. Even Neolithic Man coming
home from a long day's mammoth hunting probably got into an argument over the
number of logs on the cave fire, I should think.
And it's not going to stop now." says Ratcliffe.
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