Ovarian cancer which killed Carrie actress aged 28 can spread from stage 1 to 3 ... trends now

Ovarian cancer which killed Carrie actress aged 28 can spread from stage 1 to 3 ... trends now
Ovarian cancer which killed Carrie actress aged 28 can spread from stage 1 to 3 ... trends now

Ovarian cancer which killed Carrie actress aged 28 can spread from stage 1 to 3 ... trends now

Carrie remake actress Samantha Weinstein died aged 28 following a two-and-a-half-year battle with ovarian cancer.

Her death on May 14 was confirmed to Global News Canada by the star's father David Weinstein.

The Canadian realized she had ovarian cancer — which affects one in 78 women — aged 25 after being 'strangely bloated'.

Dubbed an 'instant killer', the cancer can rapidly deteriorate from stage 1 to 3 in just a year. The most common type of ovarian cancer can spread in weeks.

Battle: Samantha previously detailed how she was first diagnosed with cancer aged 25 - after realizing she looked 'strangely bloated' while walking home from a friend's house

Battle: Samantha previously detailed how she was first diagnosed with cancer aged 25 - after realizing she looked 'strangely bloated' while walking home from a friend's house

RIP: Carrie actress Samantha Weinstein has died aged 28 following a two and a half year battle with ovarian cancer

RIP: Carrie actress Samantha Weinstein has died aged 28 following a two and a half year battle with ovarian cancer

The movie star died on May 14 surrounded by her loved ones at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto.

Ms Weinstein bravely documented her cancer and treatment journey on social media, detailing how she was first diagnosed aged 25 — after realizing she looked 'strangely bloated' while walking home from a friend's house. 

She wrote in a first-person piece for Love What Matters: 'It happened almost overnight. I was walking home from a friend’s house after drinking entirely too much red wine, when I noticed I looked strangely bloated.

'I knew I wasn’t pregnant because I was single and celibate, having just left an emotionally abusive relationship four months previously. My roommate assured me her girlfriends got like this all the time and it was just ovulation… or something.

'Spoiler alert – it was not ovulation or something.'

Bloating, changes in bowel habits and needing to pee more often are common signs of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ovarian cysts or even lactose intolerance. 

But, when persistent, they can also be symptoms of ovarian cancer.

It is the deadliest of the gynecologic cancers and is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related death in women. 

Ms Weinstein wrote: 'I was 25 and in the best shape of my life. There was no history of cancer in my family. I had just finished filming a music video with my punk rock band, Killer Virgins, and we were a week away from releasing our first major single...

'I was at the peak of what I assumed would be the rest of my life as a young creative in Toronto. Then, I started blowing up like Violet in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The next thing I knew, I was in the hospital under the disco-ball surgical light in the operating room, counting down from ten.'

Bloating, changes in bowel habits and needing to pee more often are common signs of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ovarian cysts or even lactose intolerance

Bloating, changes in bowel habits and needing to pee more often are common signs of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ovarian cysts or even lactose intolerance

'I spent four excruciating days in the hospital healing from a massive abdominal incision, most of which was spent hallucinating like Hypnotoad at Burning Man.

'When the nurses made me walk on the third day, I dissociated for the first time, looking down at my body from the ceiling. I only knew what was going on because of YouTube (all that binge watching finally paid off!). After the surgery, my dad drove me back to my parents’ house to recover.

'Many weeks later, my mom told me I had looked like a ghost when I first walked into their living room; I was so pale and rail thin. It took me weeks to sit up on my own and walk without a cane. I’d never dealt with chronic pain before, or needed to rely on hardcore pain meds.'

The exact cause of ovarian cancer is unknown, but there are things which are thought to elevate a woman's risk.

Age and whether a relative has had ovarian and breast cancer in the past can raise the chances, but only one in 10 cases of ovarian cancer has a genetic link.

The faulty genes are the BRCA genes or ones linked to Lynch syndrome — a type of colorectal cancer.

 People who have had breast or bowel cancer, or radiotherapy for a previous cancer, are also at greater risk.

If you have endometriosis or diabetes, you will also be at higher risk.

Similarly, if you started your periods at a young age or have not had a baby, because this means you have ovulated more (released more eggs).

Being overweight, smoking and taking hormone replacement therapy or hormonal contraception such as the pill or implant, also contribute to a higher risk.

However, symptoms of the disease are not always obvious, meaning it is often detected late — when it is harder to treat.

Bloating or an increase in the size of the abdomen

It's usually a tell-tale sign that you're constipated. 

But persistent

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