Chloe Spitalnik said: "The pain would come and go from time to time, I didn't think it was something serious and I thought it might have just been an irritation in my stomach because of my gluten sensitivity.

"But then it turned into a very sharp pain, which necessitated seeing a doctor."

At the clinic, the doctor groped her abdomen and recommended an ultrasound, and the next day she received a shocking call from him.

"When he called he asked me if there was anyone with me, I remember lying on the bed, he told me I had three big cysts on the ovary, often cancerous, I started crying right away," Chloe said.

The twenty-year-old underwent surgery and then began her ten-week treatment journey.

Now Chloe is sharing her story widely to educate others about the seriousness of ovarian cancer and how more research should be done.

Ovarian cancer

  • It is the growth of cells formed in the ovaries, these cells multiply rapidly and can invade and destroy healthy body tissue.
  • Treatment for ovarian cancer usually requires surgery and chemotherapy.

Signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer may include:

  • Flatulence or swelling.
  • Rapid feeling of satiety when eating.
  • Weight loss.
  • Feeling of discomfort in the pelvic area.
  • Exhaustion.
  • Back pain.
  • Frequent need to urinate.