Last week a woman’s family was awarded $72 MILLION US Dollars by Johnson and Johnson. The woman had died from ovarian cancer at the age of 62 yo following 35 years of using the talc powder in line with their slogan “a sprinkle a day, helps keep the odor away”.
Talc powder usage was identified as carcinogen for Ovarian Cancer in the 1980s.
Although experts are not exactly sure about the mechanism behind talc causing cancer but it seems to affect the epithelial cells which then leads to mutations and cancer.
There are also many other negative things we (inadvertently) do that are have been identified as carcinogens and particularly for ovarian cancer.
Rather than wait for public health messages, empower yourself today and prevent ovarian cancer tomorrow.
5 PROTECTIVE ACTIONS against ovarian cancer:
1. Talc Powders
Avoid talc use.
Talc has been used to “disguise apparently bad smelling odours” over the years. Many women using it simply because it was taught “that’s what you do!”
However using talc powders leads to the drying of your mucous membranes and this alters the epithelial cells. Over time this causes them to mutate and may lead to ovarian cancer.
Talc use has been cited as increasing your ovarian cancer risk by 30-60%. The information about talc powders has been available for years and one large meta-analysis found that 25% of lives (one in four women’s lives) would be saved if there was no talc use. Ref 1
2. Low Vitamin D Levels
Keep your vitamin D levels UP! Preferrably above 100nmmol/l.
Vitamin D sits on the cell membrane of all your cells. It plays a protective role against cancer by activating a self-implode facility when the DNA starts to mutate.
Your body naturally produces vitamin D from the sun’s UVB rays (when your shadow is shorten than your height).If you are worried about melanoma risk have a skin cancer check. If you definitely have skin that produces melanomas take a supplement.
Checking that vitamin D levels are in the above range for all my clients is something I routinely do. For more reading on vitamin D this is a blog I wrote four years ago.
3. High sugar diets
Stop adding sugar to foods and drinks and decrease it where you can!
Every cell in your body has receptor sites for glucose and insulin. Including cancer cells. It appears from research that high serum insulin levels (driven up by high glucose diets) definitely increase your risk of cancer. I found many papers to support this risk. Ref 4
Lose weight, stay active and lean.
Interesting new research is showing that fat cells (adipose stroma cells) are joining forces with cancer cells and helping them establish their food chain and existence. It makes sense that are world wide obesity levels rise that so do cancer levels and deaths. Ref 5
5. High estrogen
Balance your hormones – see a professional who knows this area well and can assist.
The Women’s Health Initiative Study and other meta analysis of estrogen used in women as a contraception, ovary stimulation (for fertility) and HRT has shown overwhelming evidence that it does place the woman at higher risk for developing ovarian cancer. It makes sense – estrogen is designed to promote the female’s reproductive tract in preparation for pregnancy. In the presence of low vitamin D, high sugar intake or other risk factors, it makes sense genetic mutations will occur. Ref 6.
I have only highlighted 5 known causes here but there are more, such as stress, inflammation, low progesterone, infections etc.
I look forward to the day that the “public health message” is focused on what we can do to protect ourselves.
Be inspired, inspire us, inspire your friends.
Living a healthy clean life will decrease most diseases and cancer.
Ness R. Int J Gynecol Cancer. 2015 May;25 Suppl 1:51.
Sunlight, Vitamin D, and Ovarian Cancer Mortality Rates in US Women SCHNEIDER LEFKOWITZ and GARLAND
Menopausal hormone use and ovarian cancer risk: individual participant meta-analysis of 52 epidemiological studies The Lancet: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2814%2961687-1/abstract