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Sarah Nicholson (pictured), from Cochrane Park, Newcastle, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer

Sarah Nicholson (pictured), from Cochrane Park, Newcastle, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer

Sarah Nicholson (pictured), from Cochrane Park, Newcastle, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer

One woman told of her battle with ovarian cancer after two large tumors were found on her body, one the size of a rugby ball.

Sarah Nicholson, of Cochrane Park, Newcastle, was diagnosed with the disease, which mainly affects people over 50, at the age of only 25 years.

His stomach had swollen and he had symptoms that included abdominal pain, constant tiredness, feeling of fullness quickly and a change in his toilet habits.

Initially it was thought that he might have irritable bowel syndrome, but later scans revealed two tumors in his ovary.

One was 10 pounds, the size of a rugby ball, and the other was as big as an orange with 4 pounds.

Miss Nicholson underwent surgery to remove the tumors and also took the heartbreaking decision to have a complete hysterectomy, which means she will not be able to have children.

Now 26 years old, she undergoes chemotherapy and is determined to beat cancer.

Sarah said: "I had symptoms that might have been less serious, such as irritable bowel syndrome."

"But I had a round, swollen stomach, which appeared to be pregnant, and I knew it was not right."

She visited her family doctor, and tests and scans were carried out. And when the tumors were discovered, they gave him the dreadful news that he had stage three cancer.

"I prepared for the bad news," Sarah added. "But it does not take away the fact that it was absolutely devastated." A part of me collapsed inside.

"The other party was a little relieved that I had a diagnosis.

"They said that I was in stage three, that it is a terminal stage, and this was really serious and I knew it was going to affect my future.

"I had meetings to discuss what I could do next and to talk about my fertility, they asked me if I wanted a hysterectomy.

"For me it was a piece of cake and I decided to have it." I did not want the risk.

"It was a difficult decision to make and it was disturbing because it would mean that I would never have my own children.

Miss Nicholson underwent surgery to remove the tumors and also took the heartbreaking decision to have a complete hysterectomy, which means she will not be able to have children.

Miss Nicholson underwent surgery to remove the tumors and also took the heartbreaking decision to have a complete hysterectomy, which means she will not be able to have children.

Now 26 years old, she undergoes chemotherapy and is determined to beat cancer

Now 26 years old, she undergoes chemotherapy and is determined to beat cancer

Miss Nicholson underwent surgery to remove the tumors and also took the heartbreaking decision to have a complete hysterectomy, which means she will not be able to have children.

"But it was to give me a better chance at life." It was the right thing for me. "

Sarah is now urging other young people to know the symptoms of ovarian cancer.

She said: This is something that normally affects people over 50.

"But it can clearly happen to younger people, so I'm so attracted to getting the message out to younger women." There's not enough knowledge about it.

"I would ask people to listen to your body, to know your body better and if you think something is not right, have it checked.

"Ovarian cancer is known as the" silent killer "because the symptoms are often reduced to less serious medical problems."

According to the NHS, the risk of ovarian cancer increases as you get older, and most cases occur after menopause.

Approximately eight out of 10 cases are diagnosed in women older than 50 years. But hundreds of younger women also suffer from the disease.

The charity Eve Appeal says that more than 7,300 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer annually and that 1,000 women under 50 are diagnosed with it each year.

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