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Cobie Smulders: Cancer creeps up on you

Cobie Smulders thinks cancer is something women need to pay “a little more attention to”.

The How I Met Your Mother star recently revealed that she had battled ovarian cancer in her twenties. And now the 33-year-old has explained why she finally felt the time was right to share her story.

“'I thought it was a really good opportunity to spread awareness, to just make people, to sort of say: ‘I went through this and I survived it. And you can too if you're unfortunately struck with this disease,"' the actress explained during an appearance on Good Morning America. “It's something that I think women need to pay a little more attention to. It creeps up on you and sometimes, usually, it's too late.”

Thankfully for Cobie she was able to fight the disease and had multiple surgeries to remove the tumours, leaving her with only a third of an ovary. The star did fear she wouldn’t be able to become a mother, but has gone on to have two children with husband Taran Killam, five-year-old daughter Shaelyn and a son born in January this year.

Despite only giving birth a few months ago, Cobie posed topless for the American edition of Women’s Health, where she first made her cancer admission.

“The offers for being topless on magazines aren't going to keep coming in! So you gotta just do it,” she told Good Morning America host Robin Roberts with a laugh.

Cobie looked stunning during her appearance, wearing a navy polka dot suit and white shirt. As well as discussing her health, she also took time to promote her new movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron.

“[It’s] a small indie opening this weekend,” she joked.

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