When fashion model Ash Foo, 23, walked the runway at New York Fashion Show this past week, few knew that the confident “it” girl had spent much of the year in treatment for ovarian cancer, and that she had struggled to love her new body after surgery and treatment.
Foo, currently in remission, told Vogue in an interview that “I have chemotherapy burns on my skin and scars. I look completely different than when I started. Seeing my body and accepting it for what it is instead of judging it has been empowering. I want to continue to work on my confidence and just embrace who I am now.”Read More
“When I finally saw the doctor … she asked if I was pregnant. That’s when I went to have an ultrasound and they found the mass,” she told Vogue. The diagnosis was Dygerminoma, a rare form of ovarian cancer that strikes younger women.
“I had abdominal surgery to remove my right ovary,” Foo told her followers on Instagram in August. “Never take your health for granted. I’m grateful…for the abundance of love that has been sent to me by all of you.”
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A month ago I found out that I had a 20cm/8inch germ tumour in my ovaries. 3 weeks ago I had abdominal surgery to remove my right ovary. The diagnosis is Dysgerminoma, a form of ovarian cancer. Something to take away from this experience is to never take your health for granted. I’m grateful to have an amazing support system with me, and also grateful for the abundance of love that has been sent to me by all of you. I’m going to keep smiling and hold chin up, while I prepare to start chemo over the next few weeks. The battle isn’t over yet! —————————— I have to say thank you to my best friend/sister @amygallaugher for being right next to me to feed me jello and keep me company when I was passed out. For being the best “fake” nurse and for reading me poems and being there everyday through my healing process. Thank you to my partner @savageronleon for constantly showering me with love and support, constantly finding new ways to make me smile and helping me to stay positive. Thank you my love for carrying me when I couldn’t walk and for loving me when I couldn’t find the love for myself. And thank you to everyone who sent me a video or a message or a text or flowers. I am deeply appreciative to all. I love you guys ❤️ #ovariancancerawarenessday
Ovarian Cancer: What Are The Symptoms And Warning Signs?
There is no screening test for ovarian cancer, but doctors say it is important for women to be aware of symptoms which can indicate something is wrong.
Dr. Jose Alejandro Rauh-Hain
Dr. Jose Alejandro Rauh-Hain, a gynecologic oncologist at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, told SurvivorNet that “we don’t have a good screening method, but if you have symptoms, it’s very important that you go to your physician because there might be an opportunity that we can detect it when it’s still early stage. It’s very important that patients are not afraid to ask questions to their physicians. Because the sooner we can diagnose the cancer, the better that prognosis.”
Ovarian Cancer: The Cancer That Whispers
Dr. Beth Karlan, director of the Women’s Cancer Program at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center., also told SurvivorNet that its symptoms are vague and often similar to the symptoms many women experience every month with their menstrual cycle.
Dr. Karlan also urged women to be vigilant about getting tested if they feel that something is amiss with their bodies.