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How chatting on the phone could save your mother’s life

talk about ovarian cancer imageArticle by Fabafterfifty

The average woman will spend the equivalent of four-and-a-half months of her life chatting on the phone – to her mum, it emerged yesterday.

Research revealed most women make at least one call a day to their mum with the conversation lasting 21 minutes.

Incredibly, one in ten ring their mother at least three times a day, spending a total of 63 minutes chatting.

By contrast poor old dad is lucky to grab a brief chat with his daughter once every couple of days, with the call ending after just 15 minutes.

Topics of conversation with mum range from health issues and money worries to what’s happening in EastEnders.

Gossip about other family members, work, food and shopping also features prominently, it emerged.

The timescale was calculated by taking into account a window of 25 years when mother and daughter are most likely to talk regularly.

Ovarian Cancer Action Group

It was compiled following a study carried out among 2,000 women by the UK’s Ovarian Cancer Action to highlight the important relationship between mothers and daughters and launch their new Take Ovarian Cancer Action Now! campaign.

Yesterday Gilda Witte, Ovarian Cancer Action’s chief executive, said: ”Mothers and daughters often enjoy a special relationship, so we commissioned this survey to give us insight that would help our health campaign, and it is clear they take every opportunity to talk to each other and share this critical information.

”It may seem hard on poor old dads at times, but we found that as much as women love their fathers, it’s mums that they confide in.

”And obviously if there are health issues or worries which need to be discussed any woman is going to turn to mum first.

”I am sure mum would probably turn first to daughter if the boot was on the other foot.

‘’The survey insights are really interesting for us, because we can see how the mum/daughter relationship is incredibly important and we really want to encourage women to look out for each other.

Women are dying needlessly of ovarian cancer

”The sad fact is that women are dying needlessly from ovarian cancer because they don’t know about the symptoms. Mums and daughters can help each other with this issue by discussing it.”

The study further revealed one in five women see their mum every day, spending an average of three hours talking face-to-face.

As well as using the telephone to keep up to date with gossip, one in ten women are now regularly in touch with mum via social networking sites.

One in six text her an average of five times a day, and one in five email her from the office to keep in touch.

As well as burdening mums with the most serious side of life, mum was also the first person women turn to with good news.

But more than one quarter said they confide in their mum about health worries more than they do their partner.

Mum was also the first port of call for more than half of women if their child is poorly.

More than a third said mum was their best friend and most women said they had an open and informal relationship whereby they felt comfortable addressing most issues with their mother.

Health issues also made the list of hot topics, with 60 per cent saying they would force their mother to go to see a GP if they were worried about their health.

Four out of ten women said they always turned to their mum first if they were experiencing a health problem themselves while more than one in three said they would ask mums for medical advice before consulting their GP.

Daughters have a role to play in education their mothers about ovarian cancer symptoms

Gilda Witte added: ”We want to recruit daughters to make sure their mums know about ovarian cancer symptoms and this survey proves they have a powerful role to play.

”Women really need to discuss this disease and on Mother’s Day we’re asking women to make sure they look after their mums.

”We also want women to share their family history of breast and/or ovarian cancer because there could be a genetic link with disease in their family that they are unaware of.

”Ovarian cancer usually affects older women so daughters can play an important role in ensuring the keep their mums well by letting them know the symptoms of ovarian cancer and helping them differentiate between physical changes that are part of the ageing process and the signs of ovarian cancer.”

Dr. Jo Sherrington, a GP based in King’s Norton, Birmingham said: ”Awareness remains low and this survey highlights the very special relationship between mothers and daughters and how regularly they share information – particularly regarding health issues.”


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