Today on the Dr. Oz show, Doctor Oz dedicated himself to breaking the silence on ovarian cancer! The entire show was about this important topic.
Dr. Oz says that too many women are dying because doctors are ignoring the early warning signs of and misdiagnosing ovarian cancer. Dr. Oz says that stops today, and he showed us a piece of paper which he says is a foolproof way to determine if you have this risk.
After watching three heartbreaking stories of women who were not get accurately diagnosed with ovarian cancer before it reached a late stage, Dr. Oz issued a national call to action today. Break the silence and make sure this does not happen to you.
Dr. Barbara Goff, a gynecologist, says that historically ovarian cancer has been called the “silent killer.” 30% of women were given a prescription for another condition before being accurately diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
Dr. Carol Brown, gynecologic oncologist, says that ovarian cancer is so deadly because women don’t get diagnosed in time. A woman with stage one cancer has a 70 to 90% cure rate…at stage three it drops severely. Therefore it’s critical to catch the early symptoms!
Dr. Oz has partnered with the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition to make a one-sheet questionnaire of the early warning signs, which you can use to talk to your doctor about your concerns.
Early Warning Signs of Ovarian Cancer
Bloating: How many days this month has bloating been a problem for you? If it’s been for two weeks or longer, then that’s a concern.
Pain: On a scale of one to ten, how bad is the pain when it’s at its worst? Dr. Goff said also that this is not a transient pain, it’s an every day for a couple weeks kind of pain.
Difficulty Eating or Feeling Full Quickly: On average, how much of your meal to you finish before you feel full?
Urination: Frequency of urination can be a symptom, but since it’s also a symptom of a UTI. If you have it consistently then it might be something more serious. How often are you going to the bathroom.
The rest of the questions on the one-sheet revolve around family history and your own history. Go to doctoroz.com to get the one-sheet questionnaire and print it. Fill it out and use it to talk to your doctor.
Taking the One-Sheet to Dallas
Dr. Oz took his new one-sheet to a mall in Dallas. Everyone filled out the sheet and every woman who had serious warning signs actually saw a doctor right there in the mall. They were given a trans-vaginal ultrasound. Dr. Oz says over the course of 8 hours, the doctors met with over 500 women and helped break the silence. Most women were ok, but one woman had a different ending to her story. Her mother had died of ovarian cancer, so she went to the mall. A 5.2cm cyst was seen on her ovary. She sad she had the symptoms a year ago and her gynecologist sent her to a neurologist. What?
Three Tests for Ovarian Cancer
Transvaginal Ultrasound: in this ultrasound a probe is placed in the vagina, so it gets very close to the ovaries
Recto-Vaginal Exam: as much as we hate this, putting one finger in the rectum and one in the vagina allows the doctor to feel the ovaries better.
CA-125 Blood Test: this measures a protein that ovarian cancer cells release into the blood stream. The lady with the cyst in Dallas has a normal CA-125 test result so that was good news. However Dr. Brown says she needs to have that cyst removed surgically as the next step.
Ovarian Cancer Q & A
Q: Do pap smears assist in the detection of ovarian cancer?
Q: Is there a typical age where we should be concerned about ovarian cancer?
A: Not really. If you have a family history it can hit at any age, but typically the older you get the higher your risk.
Q: Can Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) lead to ovarian cancer?
A: It can increase your risk for Endometrial cancer, but not for ovarian cancer.
Reduce Your Risk By What You Eat
You can reduce your risk for ovarian cancer by what you eat. Dr. William Li created an anti-ovarian cancer diet, and came on the show to share three important foods.
Endive: part of the chicory family, a study of women in the Netherlands proved to reduce the risk of ovarian cancer by 75%. It contains an enzyme that starves cancer cells. Eat raw, not cooked! Eat 1/2 cup, two times a week.
Sea Bass: rich in omega-3 fatty acids, eat 6 oz. 2-3 times per week.
Onion: Dr. Li says red onions are the best, because the contain more of the cancer-fighting enzyme. Never boil an onion, just put it in a frying pan with a little olive oil or eat raw. Eat a half cup every day.
The Ultimate Anti-Ovarian Cancer Meal
Steamed Sea Bass with Mediterranean Sauce
Dr. Li used a bamboo steamer, which he says is $15. He put two 6 oz sea bass filets in the steamer over boiling water, and brushed them with a little bit of olive oil. Put the lid on a steam for 5-7 minutes.
Make the sauce by heating a little olive oil in a pan, and sauté one cup of diced red onion with two minced garlic cloves for about three minutes. Add a 1/2 cup chopped tomato, one teaspoon of capers and 10 chopped kalamata olives. Add the juice from one large lemon and 1/4 teaspoon turmeric, then let it cook down a little bit while you make the salad.
Slice up the endive, place it in a dish and drizzle with olive oil, lemon juice and little pepper. Serve the steamed fish with the sauce and endive salad. It’s a quick, tasty cancer-fighting meal!
For the complete recipe, click here.