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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Watching Dr. Oz 9/13/11: Ovarian Cancer, Reproductive Health Tests, Cancer Fighting Foods

The Dr. Oz Show
Airdate: September 13, 2011
Dr. Oz's Break the Silence About Ovarian Cancer Campaign

  • Five warning signs of ovarian cancer
  • Three tests for reproductive health
  • Foods to reduce ovarian cancer risks

It's a silent killer of women – ovarian cancer. Too many women are dying because symptoms are ignored and misdiagnosed. Dr. Oz has launched a campaign to break the silence surrounding ovarian cancer.

Thirty-five percent of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer had their symptoms ignored by their doctor. Partnering with the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, Dr. Oz is taking his campaign on the road to educate women about the warning signs of ovarian cancer and providing an opportunity to have a low-cost, trans-vaginal ultra-sound.

Most women found that they didn't have any signs of ovarian cancer when viewed in the ultra sound. However a few women learned that they had cysts on their ovaries which required further investigation.


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Dr. Oz's Break the Silence About Ovarian Cancer Campaign

Why misdiagnosed? Why are doctors not taking women seriously and looking further into the concern? Doctors have historically been trained that ovarian cancer has no symptoms but, according to Dr. Oz that is entirely untrue.

In the early stages, ovarian cancer symptoms can be minor and easily set aside by woman and easily ignored by doctors. When cancer cells spread to other parts of the body, pain and bloating can increase.
Dr. Oz has created a One Sheet questionnaire on ovarian cancer to complete then take to your doctor and start a conversation based on your answers regarding potential symptoms of ovarian cancer. Dr. Oz wants women across the country to share the One Sheet with every one they know to help women start a conversation about their ovarian cancer risk.

Dr. Oz Questions to Determine Cancer Risks
  • How many days this month has bloating been a problem? Daily bloating that lasts at least 2 weeks is a concern.
  • How many days a week do you feel pelvic pain? Feeling pain every day or most days for 2 – 3 weeks is a concern.
  • How much of your meal do you finish before you feel like you're full? Difficulty eating, changes in appetite and not finishing meals consistently is a concern.
  • How often do you urinate in a day? Frequent urination can be a sign of urinary track infection however it could also be a sign of a more serious issue.
  • Do you have a family history of breast, ovarian or colon cancer? Have you personally had cancer?

If you have any of these symptoms, discuss them with your doctor. If you're uncomfortable talking to your doctor then consider changing to another doctor with whom you can have an open conversation.

Dr. Oz: Three Tests to Evaluate Reproductive Health

Dr. Oz Reproductive Health Test #1: Trans-vaginal Ultra-Sound
The ultra-sound probe is placed in the vagina, close to the ovaries, for the best view of the health of the ovaries.

Dr. Oz Reproductive Health Test #2: Recto-vaginal exam
Allows for better feel, literally, of the ovaries and can help determine the size and shape of the ovaries. The ovaries are more toward the back of the body and can be felt better going through the rectum.

Dr. Oz Reproductive Health Test #3: CA-125 Test
The CA-125 is a blood test that measures the level a specific protein secreted by cancer cells into the blood stream. If the protein is detected than cancer is present in the body. This is one tool in determining if cancer is present. It is not a tell-all and shouldn't be the only determinate.

Dr. Oz: Audience Questions Regarding Ovarian Cancer

Can Pap Smears detect ovarian cancer?
Pap smears are utilized to screen for cervical cancer and cannot detect ovarian cancer.

Is there a typical age for getting ovarian cancer?
The older you are, the greater your chance of getting ovarian cancer. Young women are still susceptible to ovarian cancer but the rates are lower.

Can a PCOS diagnosis lead to ovarian or other cancers?
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome can increase the risk of endometrial cancer but not necessarily ovarian cancer.

Dr. Oz: Foods to Reduce Ovarian Cancer Risks

Dr. William Li is a leader in cancer research. Specifically, he has researched the healing power of food. He says that food is a medicine we take three times per day! [I love that!] You certainly are what you eat and you can be healthy by eating healthy foods. Many fruits, vegetables and spices contain the same constituents that are being studied for anti-cancer drugs.

Dr. Oz Foods To Reduce Ovarian Cancer Risks #1: Endive
Endive is a vegetable, most often, used in salads. It's part of the chicory family and looks like a yellow and white tulip that hasn't yet opened. Dr. Li says that a European study showed that by eating endive the study participants saw a 75% reduction in ovarian cancer risk. Endive should be eaten raw. Dr. Li recommends eating a ½ cup of endive 2 times per week.

Dr. Oz Foods To Reduce Ovarian Cancer Risks #2: Sea Bass
Dr. Li talked of a study of 18,000 in Northern Italy showed that people who ate fish rich in omega-3 reduced their cancer risk by 30%. Dr. Li recommends 2-3 servings of sea bass per week. A serving is about the size of your palm.

Dr. Oz Foods To Reduce Ovarian Cancer Risks #3: Onion
Onions are the underdog of the superfood world. Dr. Li says studies show that consuming red onions daily can help reduce cancer risks by 73%. Red onions are better than white or yellow and contain 60% more cancer fighting flavanoids. Do not boil onions as that depletes all the nutritional power of the food. Eat red onions raw or lightly fry them in olive oil. Eat ½ cup of red onions every day – raw on a salad or sauteed with protein.

Dr. Oz: The Ultimate Ovarian Cancer Meal
Dr. Li cooked up an amazing meal using all the super foods listed above. Check out the recipe on Dr. Oz's website. Also included in the recipe are tomatoes which are high in lycopene.

The spice turmeric, which contains curcumin, was used in the recipe and is a very potent cancer fighting food. Turmeric is a powerful modulator of inflammation. [I LOVE turmeric and use it everyday on everything as a cooking spice! If cooking with turmeric isn't your thing, it's also available in supplement form.]

A note of interest shared by Dr. Li is that after harvest, they lycopene levels in tomatoes continue to rise.

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