Cath initially blamed her bleeding for menopause in 2013 when she began to feel it. Despite her daughter’s request that she be examined, she continued to work.
However, just before Christmas in 2013, he suffered a severe hemorrhage, which prompted him to seek medical attention.
In January 2014, Kath went to his GP and was referred to Royal Bolton Hospital for a biopsy. She was told she had cervical cancer.
“You hear the word cancer, and I think: ‘Will I live to see my grandchildren grow up?'” Cath said.
“I was feeling sick because I didn’t know what was happening. As if in a dream. I was devastated when I found out and cried holding my husband’s hand. ”
Fortunately, Cath’s cancer was discovered at an early stage, which allowed him to undergo life-saving surgery to remove his ovaries and cervix. She did not need radiotherapy or chemotherapy after the operation because all the cancers had been removed and she is now cancer free.
His journey, however, did not end there.
“I wanted to make some changes after I finished my treatment,” Cath said.
“We don’t know what caused my cancer, but I have to admit that I was carrying a few extra pounds. So now I exercise and eat better to stay healthy. I also wanted to be a role model for my family. “
A multinational study analyzed DNA samples from more than 120,000 women in Australia, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States, of whom about 13,000 were diagnosed with cervical cancer.
This detailed statistical investigation is one of the first of its kind to look at the effect of a person’s lifelong high BMI on the risk of cervical cancer.
Studies have shown that for every 5 more BMI units, a woman’s risk of developing endometrial cancer is almost double (88 percent increase).
This is higher than most previous studies, and it reflects the status of weights rather than snapshots of time, as most other studies do. The difference in BMI units between overweight and obese is 5 units, about two stones in the case of a 5’5 adult woman.
“Being overweight or obese is the second leading cause of cancer,” said Dr Julie Sharp from Cancer Research UK.
“We already know that being overweight or obese increases your risk of 13 different types of cancer. To reduce your risk of cancer, it is important to maintain a healthy weight by eating a balanced diet and staying active. “
Each year, Cath runs CRUK Race For Life to raise money and awareness for cancer research.
“Reading a few words on their backs about why people are running has brought back to me how important it is,” Cath said.
“My daughter’s note says: ‘Running for our mother who has beaten cervical cancer!'”
“It’s worrying that the rate of cervical cancer is rising, and although weight is not the only risk factor, I want to encourage other women to live healthier lives so that fewer women can go through what I have given.”
“I hope my story will help others change their lives.”
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