"Dear Ms. Tith:
I read the article in the Sunday Chronicle that made reference to your site, which prompts this email.
My wife and I decided sometime in the mid 1970's not to have children. We enjoyed the usual benefits of two incomes and no kids. And were quite happy with one another.
About three years ago my wife was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Following two surgeries and many rounds of chemo, she died about four months ago.
I mention this because there is at least one study that suggests that women who have had children have a lower incidence of gynecological cancers.I am afraid I will always wonder if the choice we made not to have children may have contributed to my wife's death.
There are, in my opinion, many valid reasons not to have children. However, I do believe it would be advisable for women to have a thorough discussion with a knowledgeable gynecologist before making an irrevocable commitment to that choice. Especially if the woman is a member of a genetic group with high incidences of cancer (e.g., Ashkenazi Jews).
It might be useful to your readership to initiate a discussion of medical issues related to non-child-bearing on your website.
This email was the first one in my box yesterday. Nik has given me the topic for my next byline in Unscripted. This will take some research. If there was a study, was it duplicated? Was it definitive? What were the recommended outcomes? In the meantime...
...Purple WomenTM do you have any light to shed on the subject?
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