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Brosnan's daughter's death highlights the need to increase your ovarian cancer protection

by , 03 July 2013

Actor Pierce Brosnan's daughter, Charlotte Emily has passed away after battling with ovarian cancer for three years. Brosnan told People.com that “Charlotte fought her cancer with grace and humanity, courage and dignity.” It has also emerged that Emily's mother and grandmother both died from the same disease. This family tragedy has certainly cast the spotlight on this silent killer. Here's what you can do to reduce your risk today…

Ovarian cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the ovaries. It often goes undetected until it has spread within the pelvis and abdomen. And when it’s detected at this late stage, it’s difficult to treat and is often fatal, says the Mayo Clinic.

While researchers work on ways to improve ovarian cancer treatment as well as look into ways to detect the disease at an earlier stage, in the meantime you could take the cancer fight head on by reducing your risk.

Here’s how you can protect yourself from ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer protection#1:
The first step to ovarian cancer protection is to have a blood test today to check if you’re at risk. If the blood test shows you have high blood calcium levels, you could be at risk of ovarian cancer, says FSP Health.

This is a great way to catch ovarian cancer in its tracks and start treatment before it gets too advanced.

Luckily, you can also make a simple change to your diet that’ll lower your risk of developing ovarian cancer.

Ovarian cancer protection#2: According to FSP Health, another way of increasing your ovarian cancer protection is to eat lots more tomatoes.

Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, which is the pigment that gives tomatoes their juicy red colour. And one of the easiest ways to protect your body from ovarian cancer is to take in more lycopene, says FSP Health.

But since there’s only about 5mg of lycopene per 100g of ripe tomato, you’d have to eat about ten organic tomatoes a day to get the necessary protection.

So start adding more tomatoes to your daily diet – have some grilled with breakfast, chopped into a salad at lunch or mixed into stirfry for supper, advises FSP Health.

Well there you have it. It’s as simple as getting yourself tested and adding more of the fruit that thinks it’s a vegetable to your diet. After, all prevention is better than cure.

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