Planned Parenthood Saved My Life — Carol’s Story

Carol came to Planned Parenthood in 1970 for birth control. During her pelvic exam, the doctor told Carol that she had a growth on her ovary — which led to the lifesaving diagnosis of her overian cancer. This is Carol’s story of care. #WeArePP Planned Parenthood doctors and nurses provide more than 635,000 cancer screenings a year — helping detect cancer early or address abnormalities for nearly 72,000 women. Transcript: So it was 1970 — my first year of college — I started having sex with my boyfriend and at that time I knew that abortions were not legal in North Carolina and so I went to Planned Parenthood to get birth control pills and I had my first pelvic exam there. This doctor said to me that I had some sort of growth on my ovary and he insisted very strongly that I go see another doctor. It was a very conservative family. My mother had no idea that I was at Planned Parenthood or that I was having sex even — so I made up a story about needing to see a doctor and they discovered that it was malignant — it was stage three ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer has only about a 25 percent survival rate. The doctor, I have thought about him afterwards. In light of some of the doctors who have been killed and the protesters — you know, these are our best allies and I am grateful to him.more

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