Mexican telenovela actress Edith González passed away on Thursday, June 13th at the age of 54, nearly three years after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of late-stage ovarian cancer. González, who began acting in the 70s, was known for her roles in shows like Salomé, Corazón Salvaje, Doña Barbara, and was most recently a judge on reality show Este es Mi Estilo, which wrapped last month. Her life and work is being celebrated by media outlets all across North America.
González worked throughout her illness, sharing her journey with her million followers on social media, in interviews with the media, and speaking engagements. She was featured on the cover of Hola! in 2017, telling the magazine, “I am not a warrior, I am a lover of life.” Her cancer went into remission that year — after she underwent surgery in 2016 to remove the reproductive organs and lymph nodes affected by the disease — but the illness returned earlier this year. González was born in Monterrey and trained as a performance artist in both Paris and New York City before returning to her country to pursue a career in acting. She is survived by her 15-year-old daughter Constanza and her husband Lorenzo Margain, with whom she has been married since 2010.
Ovarian Cancer Facts
Ovarian cancer is rare, but it is the deadliest form of cancer that affects female reproductive organs. It typically goes undiagnosed until it has spread into other parts of the abdomen. Until then, it may present no symptoms; unlike other female reproductive diseases like cervical cancer, ovarian cancer is not detectable by screenings or tests currently available. Most cases of ovarian cancer develop in women after menopause.
There are some factors associated with higher or lower risks of developing ovarian cancer. For one thing, women with a family history of ovarian cancer are at a greater risk of having the disease as well. Women who are overweight or obese, as well as women who have used fertility drugs for IVF, may have a higher risk of ovarian cancer — the data is not conclusive — but these cases of cancer are usually not high-grade, aggressive forms of it. Women who have taken hormonal birth control, have breastfed for over a year, or carried a full-term pregnancy on the earlier side of their reproductive lives — especially before the age of 26 — face a lower risk of ovarian cancer.