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Detecting a Silent Killer

She went in with back pain... And quickly learned she had a deadly disease. Five years ago Wednesday Rhonda Gray lost her battle with ovarian cancer.

Her story and support organization lives on to bring awareness to women about this silent killer.

September is ovarian cancer awareness month. Today Gary Gray remembers his wife and sends a warning to women, not to ignore the little things, because those little things changed his life.

Gary Gray says, "It doesn't give you much of a chance to start with."

For Rhonda Gray she was past the early detection... With only a 50 percent chance to live. If it had been caught early she could have had a 90 percent chance of beating it.

Catching it early is hard to do... And not the norm.

Dr. Rusty Robinson, with the Gynecologic Oncology center of with the Harrington Cancer Center says, "When you have an uncommon disease, it is much harder to come up with a screening test because your screening test has to be so accurate to pick up those few cases that it is technically impossible almost."

Looking for support, gray found no gynecological cancers groups in the area, so she helped start one... The Princess Warriors.

Gray says, "It was very beneficial for all involved."

Even after her death, the group continues growing and changing lives.

"I'm very proud, very proud. And I know that they, in those years since it was first started I know it has grown a lot and I know it have benefited a lot of women. They strongly need it. It is an amazing thing, the emotion you go through, and I think most of them realize that their outlook is bleak." Gray says.

Gray says the most important thing he can pass on now is his experience.

"After going through what I have gone through, what I have been through, I think it should be a regular periodical check."

Right now the most affect way of catching the disease early is a thorough exam. Doctors say if you are feeling bloated, fatigued, or needing to urinate more often.. Have it checked.

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