Charlotte Brosnan, daughter of legendary movie actor Pierce Brosnan, has died of ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer is in many regards a silent killer, because it so often times goes unnoticed until it has spread to the pelvis or abdomen, according to the Mayo Clinic, at this stage the cancer is “often fatal”.
I have had very good friends who have died because of cancer.
Strangely I recall talking to one of my girlfriends several years ago who was in her mid 40’s. The conversation was light. I believe we were talking about making bread from scratch and exchanging other recipes. Several weeks later I called her to let her know that I finally found time to make the bread and that the bread turned out great. The only difference was, she wasn’t there. Someone else picked up the phone and through many awkward moment finally managed to tell me that my good friend died of ovarian cancer.
I don’t want to see this happen to other people. It would be a shame to see others fall down this corkscrew of despair. Any woman whether unhealthy or otherwise unhealthy should be made aware of certain signs and symptoms, according to the MayoClinic:
Signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer may include:
- Abdominal pressure, fullness, swelling or bloating
- Pelvic discomfort or pain
- Persistent indigestion, gas or nausea
- Changes in bowel habits, such as constipation
- Changes in bladder habits, including a frequent need to urinate
- Loss of appetite or quickly feeling full
- Increased abdominal girth or clothes fitting tighter around your waist
- A persistent lack of energy
- Low back pain 60
Women should be made aware of not only signs and symptoms, but also of their chances of getting ovarian cancer. A woman is at a greater risk of ovarian cancer if another person in their family has had the disease or if a woman has not birthed any children. Other factors increase a woman’s chances of getting ovarian cancer. Some of those factors, according to The Collaborative on Health and the Environment, include greater risk for white women opposed to other ethnicity the study also revealed:
” A large Swedish study has suggested that women who work in the paper and packaging industry, the lumber and carpentry industry, and the textile and shoe industry, may also be at increased risk of ovarian cancer. Carcinogenic dyes are used in the shoe, graphics, and textile industries, and these may be responsible. The same Swedish study did not find any association between ovarian cancer and exposure to solvents, pesticides, electromagnetic fields, sunlight, and physical activity. Most studies suggest a slight increase in risk of ovarian cancer in women who used talc on the genital area.”
Know the warning signs. Do not delay in seeking professional from your primary care physician if you notice that the signs and symptoms above correlate to your signs and symptoms. This cancer can be fatal. Be safe, and not sorry.