ovarian cancer, cobie smulders, signs and symptoms

Avenger’s hottie Cobie Smulders (you may know her as Robin from How I Met Your Mother), recently stripped off on the cover of Women’s Health magazine, posing topless and showing off her seriously bangin’ bod. But besides revealing a lot of flesh, she also revealed a lot about her battle with Ovarian Cancer, which many people did not know about.

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Smulders had tumors on both ovaries, and the cancer spread to her lymph nodes and surrounding tissues. It was only after multiple surgeries over a period of two years that the actor was able to come out on top over the deadly disease. Still acting and pursing her evergrowing career as well as just giving birth to her second child at the start of this year, Smulders wants to educate women about Ovarian Cancer and her experience in overcoming it. And we couldn’t agree more, so today, we’re jumping on the Cobie Smulders bandwagon and giving a little bit of info that could help save your life.

There are signs to look out for that could be related to Ovarian Cancer, but what is important is not only recognising these but being proactive about it. Health is all about prevention over cure, and while unfortunately there may not be a cure for cancer yet, by being proactive and having regular check ups and pap smears, you can recognise it early enough to overcome it.

We should all be very aware of our bodies and any changes we might be experiencing. Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer include abdominal or pelvic pain, increased abdominal size or persistent bloating and needing to urinate often and/or urgently. Other symptoms can be fatigue, an upset stomach, constipation, back pain and pain during sex. You should also keep a watch on your weight and menstrual cycle and if you have any unexplained weight loss or weight gain, or you experience menstrual changes or consistent bleeding in between periods, you should see your doctor.

While being aware and proactive is important, we should also remember not to worry ourselves sick. Many women who experience these changes do not have Ovarian Cancer, and are just experiencing changes in their bodies. We should see our healthcare professionals for proper diagnosis.

We should all be sharing our stories about Ovarian Cancer just as Cobie has, to show our strength and show support for those who are suffering and going through a tough time.

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