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'Youngest patient in US medical history' to be diagnosed with ovarian cancer becomes beauty model

Mirror logo Mirror 11/04/2017 Joshua Taylor

A schoolgirl who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer on her 16th birthday has fought back from the disease to become a beauty model.

Peyton Linafelter is the youngest patient in US medical history to be diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer, which normally only affects women over 50, according to her doctors.

She was spotted by a modelling scout at a Taylor Swift concert when she was 15 and a promising fashion career beckoned.

But Peyton's life turned upside down when she began to suffer from a painful, swollen abdomen during a family holiday to Barbados.

The swelling got worse and worse and left Peyton looking like she was five months pregnant.

Peyton was spotted by a modelling scout at a Taylor Swift concert (Photo: Instagram / peytonlinafelter) © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Peyton was spotted by a modelling scout at a Taylor Swift concert (Photo: Instagram / peytonlinafelter) Doctors at first thought she had ovarian cysts, but a much darker truth later emerged after Peyton collapsed in the shower one day and was rushed to hospital.

She was diagnosed with stage four cancer on her 16th birthday.

The disease had spread through her abdomen and lungs and she started chemotherapy in May last year.

Peyton told Fox News about the moment she was diagnosed: "I looked like I was five months pregnant. I was in disbelief. I had thought they were in the wrong room or it was a mistake.

"My mom seemed to know something was wrong, like a bigger scale than just ovarian cysts. I guess deep down I did too, but I wasn’t thinking cancer.”

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Her biggest fear was losing her hair during chemotherapy.

Surgery to treat her tumours also left Peyton with a large abdominal scar, which she feared would end her modelling career before it had even started.

But her agency, Next Management, was so inspired by her story that she was signed up and now has a promising career ahead.

She said: "I loved the fact that I was asked to join them. It was very pleasing to know that because another thing that went through my mind was that 'I’m not going to be able to model, I’m going to have a big scar, I'm not going to have much hair'."

Peyton first became ill on a family holiday to Barbados (Photo: Instagram / peytonlinafelter) © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Peyton first became ill on a family holiday to Barbados (Photo: Instagram / peytonlinafelter) Despite her terrible ordeal, Peyton made a remarkable recovery and was declared cancer free in December last year.

She has since go on to feature in a cancer awareness film alongside her mum in association with the University of Colorado Hospital.

She is encouraging women to look out for the signs of ovarian cancer and not ignore any concerns.

According to NHS Choices , the common symptoms of the disease can include feeling constantly bloated, a swollen tummy, discomfort in your stomach or pelvic area, feeling full quickly when eating and needing to urinate more often than normal.

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