In this 60-second podcast, gynecologic cancer survivor, Jenny Allen, urges women to see a doctor if symptoms last two weeks or more. Created: 8/4/2011 by National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
Date Released: 8/4/2011. Series Name: CDC Featured Podcasts.
[Announcer] This podcast is presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC – safer, healthier people.
[Jenny Allen] My name is Jenny Allen, and I’m a mother, a writer, and a performer. I also survived uterine and ovarian cancers. I even wrote a play about that. Maybe you are just cancer-ish, and it’ll pass. Before cancer, I took my health entirely for granted, like air. But my symptoms—pain in my abdomen and periods that were heavier and longer than usual for me—related to menopause, I thought. But no. I had cancer. And treatment. If you have symptoms that last two weeks or longer, be brave. Go to the doctor. Ask questions. The odds are you don’t have cancer. But find out for sure.
[Announcer] Ovarian and uterine cancers are gynecologic cancers. Signs and symptoms are not the same for everyone.
[Jenny Allen] Now, I’m feeling healthy and happy and hopeful. I am so lucky. I got sick, and then I got better.
[Announcer] For the most accurate health information, visit www.cdc.gov or call 1-800-CDC-INFO, 24/7.