A Macmillan support worker diagnosed with ovarian cancer is urging people to "listen to their bodies" if something feels wrong.

Pavitter Mainn, a mother of two and an engagement lead across the Black Country for Macmillan Cancer Support, was diagnosed with stage one ovarian cancer after experiencing uncomfortable symptoms which were initially dismissed as menopausal changes.

The 63-year-old experienced repeated stomach pains and unusual discharge; however, she proactively sought further medical tests.

After a two-week hospital stay, specialists diagnosed her with early stage ovarian cancer.

In 2016, she had a complete hysterectomy, which was followed by five chemotherapy sessions.

Pavitter's ovarian cancer returned in 2022, but she managed to control it with assistance from the Gynaecology Service at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT).

Pavitter said: "I was so worried when my cancer returned, but I knew straight away as my bladder felt very heavy.

"I called the Gynaecology Service at RWT and was seen straight away.

"I'm so thankful for their care.

"Without them and my family, I wouldn't be here today."

Working closely with cancer patients and medical professionals has equipped Pavitter with comprehensive knowledge and contacts.

She utilises her role as an engagement lead for Macmillan to nurture and encourage individuals to be more cautious about their health.

Pavitter said: "Having worked in a cancer support environment, I had lots of information and links to professionals who deal with cancer issues every day."

Additionally, she has been voluntarily running expert patient programmes within her community.

As it's Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Pavitter has a clear message, stating: "There is no shame in talking about cancer – your experience may help someone to open up and get help.

"Since my diagnosis, I’ve learnt that ovarian cancer signs are hard to diagnose.

"It’s important you access tools from the NHS to learn about different cancer symptoms.

"My advice to any women is that if you have any concerns around your health, don’t suffer in silence.

"Speak to your friends, family and, most importantly, to your GP.

"Please don’t leave any unexplained lump, pain or bloating to chance.

"If you are worried, get checked."