Although most cases of ovarian cancer are diagnosed in women over the age of 50, 1 in 5 women will be diagnosed at a younger age. There are some concerns and questions that all women diagnosed with ovarian cancer share, no matter what their age or life stage is. However, there are certain issues that only women diagnosed at a younger age may need to consider.
For example, you may ask:
- How will my diagnosis will affect my relationship?
- How will treatment impact my plans for a family?
- What should I expect from an early menopause?
This section will help you with these questions in the months following your ovarian cancer diagnosis, and show you where to go for further support and advice.
All the information here is taken from A Younger Woman’s Guide to Ovarian Cancer. This booklet was produced by Ovarian Cancer Action, Ovacome, Target Ovarian Cancer and The Eve Appeal. A Younger Woman’s Guide deals with the physical, psychological and emotional effects of diagnosis and treatment. It features expert advice and stories from women who have experienced ovarian cancer at a younger age. Dealing with your diagnosis and telling others; body image and sexuality; and where to go for practical and financial support are all addressed in the guide.
If you would like to find out more about any of the issues covered here, download the guide for everything you need to know about having the disease at a younger age.
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