Mayday was a champion for, “‘You need to listen to your own body,’ ” added Gosselin.
“This is a disease where the signs and symptoms are often quite generic and sometimes confused with those of other less serious illnesses.”
"There are no screening tests or early detection tests, so the disease is often diagnosed in later stages, through a combination of a CA125 blood test, an internal ultrasound and a vaginal exam. It is often diagnosed through surgery, Gosselin added."
"Mayday was vocal about “the need for increased funding into research for this disease, into a disease where the outcomes haven’t changed in 50 years,” added Gosselin."
"The lack of research funding may be the reason ovarian cancer’s mortality rates haven’t decreased, as compared to the highly funded breast cancer and prostate cancer".
Mayday encouraged women to be their own advocates.
“We have the ability to catch it early and hopefully with more research and more funding we can do that,” she said.
Gosselin said Ovarian Cancer Canada is advocating for $10-million in federal research funding. She hopes people will contact their Member of Parliament to strengthen the message.
Mayday hoped so, too. In a Facebook post on Jan. 14, she wrote:
“Want to help me? Share this and send out a letter to get the government to smarten up! It’s down right disgraceful how little Ovarian Cancer is being funded, especially when you compare it to Breast Cancer. No one would be here without a woman having healthy ovaries… it’s our turn to get the funding we need to save women’s lives.”
Stay informed, trust your instincts and advocate for your health.We need to pick up the torch.
ACH2015 - Andy.