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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Watching Dr Oz 11/8/12: Cancer Risks and Solutions, Ovarian Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Stomach Cancer, Ultimate Food Guide to Reduce Cancer Risks, Knowing Risks Can Save Lives

The Dr. Oz Show
Airdate: Novemberb8, 2012
Biggest Cancer Risks and Dr. Oz's Biggest Solutions!

  • Ovarian, stomach and pancreatic cancer risks and solutions
  • Dr. Oz's ultimate food guide to reducing cancer risks
  • Knowing cancer risks can save your life, it saved hers

Do you know your cancer risks? Dr. Oz talks about the biggest cancer risks for some of the deadliest forms of the disease and provides solutions to support health and reduce risks.

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Biggest Cancer Risks and Dr. Oz's Biggest Solutions!

What is your risk of dying from cancer? Dr. Oz asked. He's got the symptoms and solutions to reduce risks.

Dr. Oz Biggest Cancer Risks: Ovarian Cancer

Dr. Oz showed a tissue sample of a normal uterus and ovaries along side a sample of cancerous ovaries and uterus which were a good six times larger than normal. This is a common size for cancerous ovaries when ovarian cancer is found. Typically ovarian cancer is found and diagnosed when it has reached stage 3 or 4.

Dr. Oz Ovarian Cancer Risks: Weight
A bulging belly and big hips are one big risk factor for ovarian cancer. Called the silent cancer, ovarian cancer is often diagnosed long after symptoms appeared and when the cancer has progressed to late stages.

Being only 25 pounds over weight causes an increase to risk factors of ovarian cancer. How many women in America are 25 pounds over weight? Way too many and actually a person who is 25 pounds or more over weight looks normal among our ever growing population.

Dr. Kate Wolin, ScD, Washington University School of Medicine, says those 25 pounds can provide a 20% increased risk of dying from ovarian cancer. With more weight, the risks go up further from there.

Dr. Oz Ovarian Cancer Risks: Hormones and Birth Control
Hormones and birth control pills play a role in ovarian cancer risk factors. Dr. DiljeetSingh, MD, gynecologic oncologist explains that ovarian cancer is related to ovulation. When ovaries release eggs the ovaries experience a tear and there is a great chance for mutated and damaged cells to occur over time as the ovaries go through this stress.

Being on birth control pills for five years provides a 50% decrease in ovarian cancer risks. Dr. Singh said women should take birth control pills as long as they are willing to provide a greater reduction in ovarian cancer risks.

Dr. Oz Ovarian Cancer Risks: Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
During pregnancy and breastfeeding, the ovaries shut down and there is no monthly tearing of tissue, no tissue damage and no need to repair therefor lower risks of creating damaged cells. For every pregnancy and the greater time spent breastfeeding reduces risks of ovarian cancer. Women who have not had children and who have not breastfed have an increased risk of ovarian cancer.

Dr. Oz Ovarian Cancer Risks: Lactose
Lactose may be toxic to the ovaries. Eating 30g of lactose a day can increase ovarian cancer risks by as much as 20%. Three servings of dairy products can provide 30g of lactose. Dr. Wolin explained that it's not necessary to cut out all dairy products but cutting back to just 10g of lactose/dairy products a day can reduce risks. Look toward non-dairy milks like soy, rice, almond, and coconut to replace cow's milk.

Dr. Oz Ovarian Cancer Risks: Stress
Of course we all know that stress is bad for us but did you know that being under stress can promote the growth of cancer cells and in particular ovarian cancer cells? Dr. Singh said it's hard to put a number on how much stress is too stressful but everyone is at risk of experiencing stress. We can't necessarily reduce stress in our daily lives but we can increase are calming and stress reducing activities. Exercising and laughing are two easy ways to reduce stress on a daily basis.

Dr. Oz Ovarian Cancer Risks: Family History
Both colon and endometrial cancer within a family history can increase to risks of developing ovarian cancer. Looking at your mom's side of the family is where women look first but it's also important to look at the women on your father's side of the family to gain a complete picture of family history risks. Dr. Oz encouraged viewers to talk to family, especially during the upcoming holidays, talking about health risks and family history of disease. 

Dr. Oz Biggest Cancer Solutions: Ovarian Cancer

Now for the good news. It is possible to reduce risks of ovarian cancer.

Dr. Oz Ovarian Cancer Solution: Low-Dose Birth Control
Women are now being encouraged to stay on birth control for at least five years and for as long as possible after that up to age 50. Women who smoke are at higher risk for blood clots while on birth control but women over 40 who don't smoke are great candidates for low-dose birth control to support a reduced risk of ovarian cancer.

Dr. Oz Ovarian Cancer Solution: Vitamin D
A doctor can check blood levels of Vitamin D. Normal blood levels of Vitamin D are around 50. Vitamin D is associated with lower risks of cancer and with supporting the immune system. Dr. Singh said it's hard to get Vitamin D from food so look toward supplements. Once Vitamin D blood levels have been normalized under a doctors supervision, Dr. Singh said supplementing with 1,000iu of Vitamin D can provide maintenance of blood levels.

Dr. Oz Ovarian Cancer Solution: Know Symptoms
Dr. Oz the most important key to reducing risks and increasing survivability is knowing to be aware of your body, be aware of changes, and how long a symptom has been experienced.
  • Bloating or increased abdominal size
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
  • Frequent urination or urge urinate

These are symptoms that begin suddenly and if they happen with frequency could be a sign of subtle changes in the body that may point to ovarian cancer risks. Tracking the occurrence of symptoms will enable a doctor to have a better picture of health and cancer risks.

Dr. Oz Ovarian Cancer Solution: Fiber
Something as simple as increase daily fiber intake to 30g daily can reduce ovarian cancer risks by as much as 32%. Dr. Oz said this is an amazing reduction in risks that even drugs can't provide.

Dr. Oz has put together an ovarian cancer symptom diary as well as an ovarian cancer questionnaire that's only one page long, easy to fill out, and even easier to take to your doctor to discuss risks and concerns.

Dr. Oz Biggest Cancer Risks: Pancreatic Cancer

Doctors fear pancreatic cancer the most because it's hard to find and even hard to treat.

Symptoms of pancreatic cancer are:
  • Abdominal and back pain
  • Jaundice
  • Pale colored stool
  • Weight loss
  • Nausea

A Dr. Oz fan on the show shared her mother's story of dying from pancreatic cancer. Her mother experienced pain in her side for some time. When she visited the doctor she was told she had pneumonia. The pain persisted so her mother visited a gastroenterologist who conducted more tests and gave the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. By that time it was too late and her mother died 12 weeks later.

Dr. Oz showed a tissue sample to illustrate why it's so hard for doctors to find and diagnosis pancreatic cancer. The pancreas sits behind all the other organs in the abdomen close to the spinal cord. By the time pancreatic cancer is discovered, it has most often spread through the nerves to other areas of the body.

Patrick Swazye and Steve Jobs both died from pancreatic cancer. Each year 44,000 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and 37,000 will die from it. Pancreatic cancer is so often fatal because it is so hard to find and it's often found after cancer has spread to other parts of the body.

A new scientific discovery showed that pancreatic cancer is very slow growing. If it is found early, pancreatic cancer has high survival rates. Knowing your risk factors and reducing those factors are important to maintaining health.

Dr. Oz Pancreatic Cancer Risks: Soda and Alcohol Consumption
Dr.Sarah Thayer, MD, oncologist and gastroenterologist, said two sodas a week can double risks of pancreatic cancer. The pancreas produces insulin on it's own and by drinking two cans of soda in a week causes pancreas to go into over drive and over it produces insulin increasing risks of developing cancer.

Dr. Oz said he wants people to cut soda out of their daily routine and limit consumption to once a week or less. He has recommended red wine for health benefits however it's important to drink in moderation by drinking one or less alcoholic drink a day.

Dr. Oz Pancreatic Cancer Risks: Bacteria Causing Gum Disease
A recent Brown University study showed that people who have the bacteria that leads to tartar and gum disease are at greater risks of developing pancreatic cancer. Red, swollen gums and blood found on a toothbrush are signs of irritation and inflammation which may be a result of tartar and gum disease. Brushing and flossing twice daily can reduce the risks of this bacteria and developing dental issues that can then raise risks of pancreatic cancer.

Dr. Oz Pancreatic Cancer Risks: Diabetes
Pancreatic cancer can cause diabetes and diabetes can cause pancreatic cancer. Diabetes is caused by a imbalance in the regulation of insulin and as discussed above, high insulin levels are are associated with greater risks of developing pancreatic cancer.

Dr. Oz Pancreatic Cancer Risks: Family History
A family history of breast or pancreatic cancer can increase risks of pancreatic cancer. Talking to family members about disease history can provide a picture of pancreatic cancer risk level.

Dr. Oz Biggest Cancer Solutions: Pancreatic Cancer

And time again for the good news, ways to reduce risks of pancreatic cancer.

Dr. Oz Pancreatic Cancer Risk Solutions: Vitamin K
Green leafy veggies can play a role in reducing the risks of Type 2 Diabetes 2 by as much as 50% and therefore reduce pancreatic cancer risks.

Dr. Oz Pancreatic Cancer Risk Solutions: Baby Aspirin
It was previously thought baby aspirin increase risks of pancreatic cancer and caused pancreatic cancer but now the science has reversed it's opinion. Taking one 81mg baby aspirin a month may play a role in reducing risks of pancreatic cancer.

Dr. Oz Pancreatic Cancer Risk Solutions: Talk to Your Doctor
If you believe you're at risk for pancreatic or any cancer it's important to talk to doctor and come prepared with family history and lifestyle information. Doctors are able to measure risks of pancreatic cancer by conducting an ultrasound, taking a blood test, and utilizing a CT scan. 

Dr. Oz Biggest Cancer Risks: Stomach Cancer

Stomach cancer was on the decline until the 1990's when it surprisingly began to increase and women have seen the biggest increase.

Robynne Chutkan, MD, gastroenterologist, said there are three reasons why women are seeing greater risks of stomach cancer. First, women may be eating more foods that increase risks; second, stomach cancer is more aggressive; and third, an specific type of infection may increase risks.

Dr. Oz Stomach Cancer Risks: Symptoms
  • Feeling full faster
  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea
  • Bloating after meals

Dr. Thayer explained that while these symptoms could be common and may be experienced when there is no risk of cancer, if the symptoms are frequent or they don't respond to basic over-the-counter treatments they could present a risk.

Dr. Oz Stomach Cancer Risks: H. Pylori
Infection with the bacteria H. Pylori increases the risks of stomach cancer. H. Pylori infests the lining of the stomach causing damage to tissue which then needs to be repaired by the body and overtime that continual repair leads to increased risk of developing cancer.

Not everyone with H. Pylori will develop stomach cancer but people with H. Pylori experience increased risks. A simple test conducted by a doctor can determine if H. Pylori is present. Antibiotics can be prescribed to kill off the infection.

Dr. Oz Stomach Cancer Risks: Nitrates in Meats
Smoked, processed, and cured meats contain nitrates giving the meat its pink color and distinctive flavor. Those same flavorful nitrates are toxic to the body in high quantities. Bacon, bologna, hot dogs and other meats containing nitrates should only be consumed in limited quantities. [Many health food stores carry meats that do not contain nitrates. They may cost a little more than their distant nitrate containing cousins however they reduce exposure to toxic chemicals that may lead to increased cancer risks.]

Dr. Oz Stomach Cancer Risks: Blood Type
People who have Type A blood is at greater risk of gastric cancers than other blood types. Not everyone with Type A blood will develop risks but people with Type A blood need to be aware of the risk and take action to reduce risks.

An endoscopy test can look into the stomach and intestines to visually check if cancer has developed.

Dr. Oz's Ultimate Plan To Reduce All Cancer Risks

To reduce risks of all types of cancer is as simple as eating a rainbow of food.

Dr. Oz Best Red Foods to Reduce Pancreatic and Ovarian Cancer Risks
Berries, red peppers, and tomatoes are great for reducing cancer risks. Lycopene, flavonoids, and antioxidants are all found in abundance in red foods. Dr. Oz recommended eating one serving of red foods daily.

Dr. Oz Best Orange Foods to Reduce Stomach Cancer Risks
Orange foods typically are high in fiber and they are also high in beta carotene. Apricots also contain quercetin which play a role in balancing inflammation in the body. Choose from sweet potatoes, oranges, and pumpkins to contribute to the Dr. Oz recommended two servings a week.

Dr. Oz Best Yellow Foods to Reduce Stomach and Esophageal Cancer Risks
Yellow foods are typically high in Vitamin C, antioxidants, and flavonoids which all support the immune system. Dr. Oz recommends eating one serving of citrus of yellow foods daily.

Dr. Oz Best Green Foods to Reduce Ovarian Breast Lung Cancer Risks
Greens are the color of food missing most often from the American plate and they are the most important to our health. Green foods can be chosen from the light green category with cabbage and Brussels sprouts representing or from the dark green category which includes spinach and bok choy. Eating more greens, in general, support detoxification of the liver. Eating greens twice a week may play a role in reducing some forms of cancer, explained Dr. Oz.

Dr. Oz Best Neutral Foods to Reduce Stomach, Ovarian, and Colon Cancer Risks
What is the neutral color family of foods? They are white and fall mainly in the onion family, called allium, and includes shallots, onions, and garlic. White mushrooms also fall into the neutral color family are important for providing Vitamin D and may play a role in preventing some forms of cancer. Dr. Oz recommends eating one serving a day from this color category.

Eating more veggies can also reduce diabetes risks and also play a role in reducing pancreatic cancer risks. Build your plate from a rainbow of foods throughout the week to support over all health and contribute to reducing risks of cancer.

Dr. Oz Knowing Cancer Risks Can Save Your Life

Meet Lisa. She watched The Dr. Oz Show that featured warning signs of ovarian cancer. Lisa had every symptom on the ovarian cancer list. She went to her doctor who diagnosed Lisa with stage 3 ovarian cancer. Undergoing treatment her prognosis is great. If Lisa hadn't seen the show she wouldn't have been aware that her small but regular symptoms were a sign of ovarian cancer.

It wasn't an easy process to get the diagnosis. Lisa went through three doctors all the while experiencing great symptoms to the extent that she was so bloated she couldn't fit into her pants. The third doctor found the tumor in her ovaries and immediately began treatment which saved Lisa's life.

Dr. Oz said he is so proud of Lisa and everyone else who take the time to listen to their bodies and recognize with things change and to keep seeking an answer if you think something is not right.

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