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Woman Diagnoses Her Own Terminal Cancer Using Google After Doctors Missed It

cancer oneA young woman with stomach pains who typed her symptoms into Google and found she had eight out of the nine signs of ovarian cancer was diagnosed with terminal cancer six months later (Picture Solent) A young woman with stomach pains who typed her symptoms into Google recognised the warning signs of ovarian cancer – which doctors didn’t find until too late. Sadie Rance, 23, from Bromley, Kent, had initially been told her symptoms were Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). But as her pain worsened, she Googled her symptoms and found that they coincided with eight out of nine telltale signs of ovarian cancer. When doctors investigated, they found a tumour the size of a melon, and diagnosed stage four ovarian cancer. She now has just two years to live. Sadie, 23, from Bromley, Kent, said: ‘The trouble I had was that ovarian cancer is very rare in people under 50, and the type I have is even more rare, so I don’t think it was ever even something that was considered. ‘Still, when my problems seemed to get worse, I remember looking online and saw I had eight out of the nine symptoms of ovarian cancer. ‘I asked my mum what she thought and, like any friend or mum would say to reassure you, she said ‘Don’t be silly, you don’t have cancer.’ ‘But I knew my body and I could tell something wasn’t right. Sadie has responded well to chemotherapy, which successfully shrunk the tumour, and she is determined to remain positive. She married her boyfriend Jason last year, surrounded by friends and family, and the two are now raising money for other young people with similar diagnoses. ‘I’ve met lots of young people aged 24 and under with cancer on my journey and there’s a massive problem with young people being diagnosed in later stages because doctors don’t believe it could be cancer. ‘I’d absolutely urge people to go the doctors and be persistent. ‘When you know something’s really wrong with your body you know and you need to make the doctor believe it.’ Sadie and Jason have raised more than £35,000 for the gynaecological unit of the Royal Marsden and they are also raising money for Teens Unite Fighting Cancer

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