FOR Toowoomba woman Wendy Chandler today is a day to celebrate.

She has been cancer free for exactly two years.

Ms Chandler was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2010, at the age of 46, after a trip to the doctor confirmed her worst fears.

Ovarian cancer is one of the hardest cancers to detect and less than half of all women diagnosed survive five years.

Ms Chandler said she was shocked when she received her diagnosis.

"I had no idea what ovarian cancer was back then, I didn't know a single thing about it," she said.

"I think a lot of women need to know the symptoms. They need to be aware of their bodies because you know your body better than anyone else.

BRIGHT FUTURE: Wendy Chandler is happy to celebrate two years cancer free.
BRIGHT FUTURE: Wendy Chandler is happy to celebrate two years cancer free. Nev Madsen

 

"If you're not happy with something, get it checked out before its too late. It's better to be safe than sorry.

"I feel worried a fair bit of the time now because I don't know what the future holds but I guess no one does.

"My biggest problem is keeping my brain busy because I don't have a job at the moment.

"When I was first diagnosed I was still working so I could keep my mind off it."

This February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month and Cancer Council Queensland is encouraging all women to get familiar with ovarian cancer symptoms to help early diagnosis.

Symptoms include increased abdominal size or bloating, abdominal or pelvic pain, feeling full or having difficulty eating, unexplained weight gain or loss, back pain, indigestion, nausea or excessive fatigue.

For more information on ovarian cancer phone 131120 or visit cancerqld.org.au.



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