September 2, 2008
Stop a Silent Killer
EVERY YEAR, OVARIAN CANCER TAKES THE LIVES OF 15,000 WOMEN. Because there aren't any telltale symptoms, most cases aren't detected until they're at an advanced stage, making prevention all the more essential. Here, three things you can do to reduce your risk.1 GET YOUR GREENS A Harvard study found that women who consumed at least 10 milligrams a day of the antioxidant kaempferol were 40 percent less likely to develop the disease. Good sources of kaempferol: broccoli, spinach, kale, and green and black tea.
2 RECOGNIZE RED FLAGS Although none stand out on their own, a combination of symptoms has been identified by top cancer experts. If you experience bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, a feeling of fullness, and frequent or sudden urges to urinate for two weeks, see your gynecologist, who may perform a pelvic exam or recommend an ultrasound or blood test.
3 CONSIDER THE PILL A study in the Lancet found that the longer you take oral contraceptives, the greater your protection against the disease. Using them for 15 years may cut your risk in half.
For the most antioxidants, steep tea for at least two minutes
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