PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- A local woman says she was misdiagnosed because of her weight.
For years, Philadelphia blogger Rebecca Hiles sought answers for a host of medical complaints.
But she was repeatedly told that all of her problems could be solved by slimming down.
All of that changed when she finally met a doctor who looked past her appearance and diagnosed her with cancer.
Hiles said, "It was the first time in my life that I remember having a doctor take me seriously. The first moment that I saw my surgeon that said you have carcinoid cancer and the time that I had surgery was 2 weeks."
Six years after getting that shocking news, the now 28-year-old Hiles is recovered.
And she is speaking out to encourage other women to be their own health advocates.
Her story appears in a recent Cosmo article.
The author says she found many overweight women are getting judged too quickly by their doctors.
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Philadelphia blogger says cancer misdiagnosed because of her weight