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Living proof that early detection saves lives

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Victoria Lockhart is living proof that early detection of ovarian cancer can save lives, and for her, living one day at a time is living to fight another day.

To look at her now, you would never know that Victoria Lockhart is the survivor of a disease that can be deadly for women if not diagnosed early.

For her, it all began at the age of 13 when her mother noticed a problem. "My mom was getting me ready for the 8th grade graduation trip and noticed I had quite a tummy on me. I looked like I was six months pregnant," she said.

When she went to the doctor, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Lockhart was told she had a 15-pound tumor that was the size of a football.

The American Cancer Society statistics show that ovarian cancer accounts for only about 3 percent of all cancers among women, but it is the second most fatal.

Greg Broy of The American Cancer Society estimates that over 21,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2009. Unfortunately 15,000 women will also die of the disease.

Lockhart is now 55 years old and has been cancer free for 30 years. She has an important message for women.

"If you've had a cycle before and didn't have this much problem and suddenly you're having this much problem it could be something else," she advises.

The American Cancer Society says early diagnosis can often lead to early treatment and if you suspect anything is wrong or unusual, contact your doctor.

For more information call The American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345.

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