Cancer ‘mir­a­cle’ mo­ti­vates Julie

Comment News (Gosnells) - - State Election '17 -

“I went home and my fam­ily fell apart.” Mrs Ran­ford – then 57 years old – be­gan de­clut­ter­ing and clean­ing up her home, tak­ing up natur­o­pathic reme­dies and switch­ing to an al­ka­line diet along­side her chemo­ther­apy and her par­tic­i­pa­tion in a drug trial.

By the end of Oc­to­ber a blood test showed her cancer rat­ing was in rapid de­cline.

“I was get­ting re­mark­able blood re­sults,” Mrs Ran­ford said.

“My cancer marker was 984 and within a cou­ple of months it had gone down by half and my doc­tor said it was mirac­u­lous.”

She was sent for a rad­i­cal hys­terec­tomy in De­cem­ber, re­sumed chemo­ther­apy and the drug in Jan­uary and by May 2015, she was in re­mis­sion. To­day her cancer marker is 4.

“It feels like a dream, it feels like ‘Did that hap­pen to me?’

“It was a whirl­wind and all hap­pened so fast,” Mrs Ran­ford said.

Mrs Ran­ford hopes her story will mo­bilise women in Aus­tralia to help raise funds for early de­tec­tion. Ovar­ian cancer is a no­to­ri­ous “sleeper cancer”, reg­u­larly go­ing un­di­ag­nosed due to its in­sid­i­ous symp­toms such as tired­ness and bloat­ing.

“I hope women know the signs of ovar­ian cancer. Know your body and don’t be afraid to ask your doc­tor for a check-up,” she said.

“At the mo­ment there is no early de­tec­tion, noth­ing.

“The only way they can check is with an in­ter­nal ul­tra­sound and un­less you have a fam­ily his­tory, doc­tors are re­luc­tant to do it.”

On Fe­bru­ary 11, Mrs Ran­ford will be the guest speaker at the Unique Events-run ovar­ian cancer fundraiser at Ni­chol­son’s Bar and Grill in Can­ning Vale. How com­mon is ovar­ian cancer?

In 2012, there were 1378 new cases of ovar­ian cancer di­ag­nosed in Aus­tralia.

In 2017, it is es­ti­mated that 1550 new cases of ovar­ian cancer will be di­ag­nosed in Aus­tralia.

In 2012, the age-stan­dard­ised in­ci­dence rate was 10.5 cases per 100,000 fe­males.

In 2017, it is es­ti­mated that the age­s­tandard­ised in­ci­dence rate will be 10.4 cases per 100,000 fe­males.

In 2014, ovar­ian cancer was es­ti­mated to be the ninth most com­monly di­ag­nosed cancer in fe­males in Aus­tralia.

In 2012, the risk of a woman be­ing di­ag­nosed with ovar­ian cancer by her 85th birth­day was 1 in 82.

Picture: Will Rus­sell­mu­ni­ d464545

Palma Calanna, Tiana Rogato, Julie Ran­ford and Pia Mig­nacca are hold­ing an ovar­ian cancer fundraiser.

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