Surprising her admirers, the presenter and influencer Maria Menounos revealed that he discovered a pancreatic cancer after eat a salad, in January this year. According to the North American, the meal would have caused a intense painwhich made her suspect something more serious.
In the report, Maria says that her body had already shown symptoms of the disease since last year, when she began to suffer from digestive problems and feel the swollen body. Worried, she sought medical attention, but no professional was able to discover what was causing her discomfort.
The condition was only diagnosed after the presenter felt severe pain after eating a grain salad during a flight. According to Menounos, the sensation was so intense that she thought “would explode inside”.
In conversation with the newspaper Today, she said she thought the pain could be a sign of possible gluten intolerance. “I thought it was the farro [grão presente na salada]. I thought I was becoming really gluten intolerant and that my stomach just wasn’t coping well,” she explained.
DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT
Suspicious that the pain could be a sign of something more serious, the influencer sought new doctors and underwent a series of tests. Clinical evaluations revealed the existence of pancreatic cancer in grade 2almost 4 centimeters in diameter, similar in size to a walnut.
With the discovery, Maria was sent to a emergency surgery, held in February. During the operation, in addition to the tumor in the pancreas, doctors removed other minor anomalies from part of the spleen and lymph nodes, preventing the emergence of new foci of the disease.
As she no longer showed signs of cancer, the presenter did not need to undergo any drug treatment and is currently doing well.
According to the National Cancer Institute (Inca), pancreatic cancer is a tumor malignantwhich is difficult to detect or show signs during the initial stages of the disease.
Among the main symptoms, it is possible to highlight:
- Weight loss
- Lack of appetite
- Abdominal pain
- Dark urine
- Yellow eyes and skin
- Back pains
As a form of prevention, the institution recommends adopting a healthy lifestyle, avoiding exposure to tobacco and maintaining adequate body weight, as excess fat favors the development of diabetes, which increases the chances of cancer.