National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Ovarian Cancer is one of the most deadly of women’s cancers. Each year,
approximately 22,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. More than 14,000 women will die from it. It is estimated by the World Health Organization IARC department that there are over 238,000 new cases diagnosed annually and nearly 152,000 deaths worldwide.

This cancer typically occurs in women in their fifties and sixties with the
median age being 63. Many women who are diagnosed with Ovarian cancer have
a genetic history that may include carrying the BRCA mutation gene and having a
strong family history of ovarian cancer.

Unfortunately many women don’t seek help until the disease has begun to
spread, but if detected at its earliest stage, the five-year survival rate is more than 93 percent. The symptoms of ovarian cancer are often subtle and easily confused with other ailments.

Symptoms may include:
Bloating
• Pelvic or Abdominal pain
• Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
• Urinary urgency or frequency
• Nausea, indigestion, gas, constipation or diarrhea
• Extreme fatigue
• Shortness of breath
• Backaches
• Weight Gain

Talk to your doctor if symptoms last more than 2-3 weeks. You are your best advocate.
Visit OvarianCancerAwareness.org for more information.

 

Gum Disease May Be Linked to Cancer Risk in Older Women

 

(HealthDay News) — A new study links gum disease with an increased risk
of several types of cancer in postmenopausal women, even in women who never
smoked.

 

Periodontal disease was tied to a 14 percent higher risk of developing any type
of cancer, the investigators found. But the greatest risk was for esophageal cancer, which was more than three times more likely in older women who had gum disease than those who didn’t.

In addition, gum disease was associated with a higher risk of lung cancer, gallbladder cancer, melanoma and breast cancer, the findings showed.

These findings may provide a new target to test an intervention for cancer
prevention — oral hygiene and periodontal disease treatment and prevention,” said lead researcher Jean Wactawski-Wende, dean of the School of Public Health and Health Professions at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Breast cancer, lung cancer and gallbladder cancer were linked with higher risk
among women who smoked and had gum disease. For those women who never
smoked but had gum disease, other cancers, such as melanoma, were associated
with higher risk, the researchers said.

Although gum disease has been associated with heart disease, the exact reason
it may be tied to an increased risk of cancer isn’t known, Wactawski-Wende said.

She speculated that gum disease could be a marker for overall health.

There is real potential for local and systemic inflammation resulting from the
bacteria in the oral cavity reaching other sites through ingestion or inhalation, as
well as bacteria entering the bloodstream through oral tissues,” Wactawski-Wende said.

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