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Woman Died From Ovarian Cancer After Being Told She Likely Had An STI

A 36 year old women sitting with her two brothers on either side of her

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A woman died of ovarian cancer after being sent home from the emergency department and told she likely had chlamydia.

The family of Amy Meyer, 36, believe if doctors had listened to her concerns, she might still be alive.  “The system is broken for women like Amy. It utterly failed her in every regard,” Matt Meyer said. “If my sister had been given an ultrasound when she presented to doctors with severe internal pain I believe she would still be here.”

Jane Ludemann from Cure Our Ovarian Cancer said the organisation has been fighting for improved outcomes for women with ovarian cancer. “We owe it to Amy to make changes,” Ludemann said. “Women who need testing should be able to access it in a timely manner.”

“More women die of ovarian cancer than die on the roads each year,” Ludemann said.

“[But] in contrast to the road toll, it receives almost no resourcing. For approximately one percent of what we spend on the road toll, we could help women have timely access to appropriate testing, in addition to funding awareness, clinical trials and research. Every delay is costing women’s lives.”

OCFNZ started as Cure Our Ovarian Cancer in 2018, with a focus on low-grade serous ovarian cancer. In 2020, we expanded our focus to include all ovarian cancer and, in 2024, we changed our name to the Ovarian Cancer Foundation New Zealand.

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