Dagenham mum fundraising for first ever womb cancer charity
PUBLISHED: 14:57 08 February 2016 | UPDATED: 08:46 09 February 2016
A mum who bravely fought womb cancer is hoping to launch the first ever charity for those suffering from the illness.
Dagenham resident Debra Parry, 56, was diagnosed with the cancer in 2010 – but says that lack of available information meant she did not initially match her symptoms with the disease.
Although abnormal bleeding is common among womb cancer sufferers, the illness is normally linked to post-menopausal women.
“I thought they [my symptoms] could be hormonal changes related to the menopause, but I was diangosed with womb cancer,” she said.
“It was a bit of a shock to be told that’s what it was.”
Before her diagnosis, Debra had a hysteroscopy at Queen’s Hospital in Romford. When they found a tumour blocking the cervix they removed it during the same procedure, concerned it could be cervical cancer.
The mum-of-one then underwent a hysteroctomy, whereby the womb is removed to prevent the cancer spreading.
Debra, who has now got the five year all-clear, says she has been “incredibly lucky”, and wants to help others by spreading awareness of the illness. In the UK, about 8,475 new cases of womb cancer are diagnosed each year, making it the fourth most commen cancer in females.
Debra was already involved with supporting women with womb cancer online when she was contacted by Dr Nick Orsi, a senior researcher at the University of Leeds.
Dr Orsi suggested teaming up to launch a charity, and with four others, including medical professionals and cancer survivors, Action On Womb Cancer was born.
“We have three aims – firstly we want to raise awareness of womb cancer,” explained Debra.
“It’s also to support women who are going through it, to discuss their experiences and findings. And eventually it will also be to fund research.”
Debra says they are intially aiming to raise £3,000 to make and distribute leaflets, posters and provide support for women going through the illness.
She said it was important for women not to be shy in getting their symptoms checked out.
“People shoudn’t be embarrassed about coming forward – or they could die from embarrassment.”
Go to crowdfunding.justgiving.com/action-on-womb-cancer to donate to the fund or buy a Action On Womb Cancer wristband.
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