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NZ Woman’s Message After Ovarian Cancer Was Dismissed By Doctors

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Article written for 7 News Australia

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A New Zealand woman diagnosed with stage four low-grade serous ovarian cancer concerns were ignored by doctors, and she was told she likely had constipation or irritable bowel syndrome. 

Erin Bassett, 36, first visited a doctor after noticing changes to her body in July of 2019. But it wasn’t until May 2020, almost a year later, that the Auckland local received the devastating diagnosis, which meant she wouldn’t be able to have children of her own. 

After visiting a doctor, Erin’s symptoms were put down to constipation, and she was sent home and told to eat some All-Bran. 

Erin is now speaking about her experience to encourage others to trust their instincts and keep pushing for a second opinion.

“It’s just to trust yourself, trust your instincts and keep going with those second opinions and not to be embarrassed as well,” she says.

We are grateful to Erin for sharing her experience with ovarian cancer and for helping us raise awareness. If you would like to share your story too, please get in touch.

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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