Easy Ways to Lower Your Risk of Developing Ovarian Cancer

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Everyone knows that cancer prevention is important and even more so for cancers that are not easily detected in their early stages. Ovarian cancer is one of these, as it often has no symptoms in its early stages and often goes undiagnosed until it has reached more advanced states, which means it has poorer survival rates than many other types of cancer.

Almost 22,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year.

Could it be possible that natural foods and other compounds on this earth can help to prevent this silent cancer?

One study suggests that it’s possible. A new study suggests that eating a diet that is high in certain flavonoid compounds can significantly lower a women’s risk of ovarian cancer.

Flavonoids are a large group of antioxidant compounds that are known as phytochemicals. These are part of a plant’s natural defense system that helps them fight off disease and infection, much the same way our immune systems help us fight against the same issues.

The compounds found in many vegetables and teas might be a part of the apparent link between the consumption of vegetables and the lower risk of ovarian cancer. The American Institute for Cancer Research noted in their study in 2007 that non-starchy types of vegetables can offer some protection from ovarian cancer. Another study, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, also in 2007, supported the role that phytochemicals seem to have against ovarian cancer. This study showed that the consumption of beta carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, carotenoids found in many red, yellow, and orange vegetables, offered a 67 percent lower risk of ovarian cancer.

This new study comes from the University of East Anglia and it also showed that women who ate foods that were high in flavanones and flavonols had a significant risk of developing ovarian cancer.

This study followed more than 171,000 women between the ages of 25 and 55 for more than 30 years. Scientists found that those who ate foods and consumed drinks that were high in flavonols were much less likely to develop ovarian cancer.

Foods and drinks that are high in these healthy flavonols are apples, grapes, citrus fruits and juices, red wine, and black tea. Find out more cancer causing and cancer fighting foods.

This is the first large scale study that looked into whether or not eating large amounts of foods high in flavonoids can reduce a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer. Simple changes in your diet to include the above foods and drinks can have a huge impact on your risk! Just drinking two cups of black tea each day was found to lower the risk of ovarian cancer by as much as 31 percent!

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Still another study found that taking low doses of the opioid antagonist naltrexone (LDN) can have a strong antitumor effect on ovarian cancer in tests done in tissue culture. Using LDN causes an elevation in the body’s own natural opioids and stimulates the opioid receptors.

Low dose naltrexone (LDN) is a pharmacologically active opioid, which is usually prescribed to treat drug and alcohol addiction. It’s typically given in doses of between 50mg and 300mg. This is an FDA approved drug that has been approved for more than 20 years.

However, scientists recently discovered that very low doses, between 3 and 4.5mg, might just be able to successfully treat cancer malignancies. It might also treat a wide variety of autoimmune diseases such as MS, Parkinson’s disease, Crohn’s disease, and rheumatoid arthritis. It’s though that LDN’s immune support allow the body to use its own chemistry to fight cancer and many other diseases.

It’s well known that conventional cancer treatment does next to nothing when it comes to silent cancer killers such as ovarian cancer. In fact, the mortality rates for ovarian cancer have not improved in more than 30 years. However, it’s interesting to note that the latest study, done on animals, showed impressive results with LDN when it comes to treating ovarian cancer.

As of this writing, LDN is a prescription drug so you will need a doctor to issue a prescription for you, but you might need to present him with the study to explain why you want it. If you have ovarian cancer, talk to your doctor about taking LDN. It’s inexpensive, which is why you most likely will not hear much about it anywhere else. There is simply no money in it. This is a sad fact, but true. Pharmaceutical companies are not going to be pushing this with free samples as there is no real money to make with this treatment.

 

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If you have ovarian cancer, talk to your oncologist about LDN therapy. If you don’t but wish to increase your chances of avoiding it, keep eating your vegetables, fruits, and drink some red wine with dinner, black tea for breakfast and perhaps at bedtime.

References:

Cancer.org

Sciencedaily.com

Uea.ac.uk

Lowdosenaltrexone.org