It appears more and more types of cancer are better at disguising themselves and thus leading to sudden and shocking deaths. This was the case for 22-year-old Demi Wright, a British makeup artist working at Lancôme who believed she was pregnant, but instead had a tumor that ultimately killed her.
The doctors misdiagnosed a tumor of five inches with a pregnancy. The type of cancer is quite rare and is known to trick people into believing the symptoms are caused by something else. Named adenocarcinoma, the aggressive cancer led to the hospitalization of Wright in November 2015. The woman complained of discomfort in one of her sides and back pains. Her blood tests showed that Wright had high levels of chorionic gonadotropin, a hormone that is usually released during pregnancy.
As a result, she was moved to a maternity ward. Unfortunately, by the time doctors realized that the hormone was secreted by the tumor located in her liver, there was little to be done. The rare type of cancer had already reached its final stage, and the young woman finally died on February 23.
Dr. Helen Webberley from the Oxford Online Pharmacy has stated that Wright suffered from a molar pregnancy. This condition refers to a disease that imitates symptoms of a pregnancy, such as the release of certain hormones and the growth of the womb. As Webberley pointed out,
“It is only when the patient comes for their 12-week scan that a molar pregnancy is detected. The cells need to be removed and most women can expect a full recovery. However, close follow-up is needed because there is a small chance of developing a type of cancer, as appears to be the case with this patient.”
Wright had been previously diagnosed with a tumor in back in 2000, but the tumor was deemed benign. However, she continued to go through regular checks until she reached the age of sixteen. Unfortunately, the cancer got her in the end.
Her family has been by her side through all the ordeal and have decided to raise awareness for the pesky cancer that disguises itself. They do not blame the doctors for what has happened, but they wish other people will not be caught as unaware as they have been. In this respect, the family has opened a fundraising page in the honor of their daughter. All proceeds are sent to the Cancer Research UK foundation.
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