Huge tumour removed after woman avoided check-ups due to pandemic

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DOCTORS in Italy have found an “enormous” tumour on a 64-year-old woman who neglected health check-ups for fear of contracting the coronavirus.

Surgeons removed from the woman’s abdominal-pelvic area a lump measuring 70 centimetres in diameter and weighing 20 kilograms, the Cardarelli hospital in Naples said on Thursday.

“The patient was very scared of COVID-19, so she avoided all check-ups, in spite having symptoms,” Giovanni Vennarecci, a Head Surgeon at the Cardarelli, explained.

“Over months the swelling grew more and more, until the woman finally convinced herself to visit a gynaecologist,” Vennarecci added.

The visit led to a cancer diagnosis.

The operation was successful and the patient is now back home with her family, the hospital said.

“Everything went in the best possible way,” according to the surgeon.

NAN

– Dec. 3, 2020 @ 18:37GMT |

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