One in 78 women will be diagnosed with this cancer in their lifetime. Ovarian cancer is the 5th most common cancer for women and the most dangerous cancer for women of all. This year, an estimated 2800 Canadian women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. To protect yourself, we have seven tips to proactively prevent ovarian cancer.
1) Get a Routine OB/GYN Check-Up
It’s important to get a routine check-up with an OB/GYN on an annual basis. Ensure your doctor is aware of your medical history and any family history of breast cancer or the BRCA gene mutation. You might need an ultrasound or blood test.
2) Pay Attention to Your Body
If you’re experiencing any abnormal lower abdominal or pelvic pain, this could be a symptom of ovarian cancer. Similarly, if you find yourself feeling repeatedly bloated despite having not eaten much, this could be an early indicator. Pay close attention to your body for any warning signs.
3) Stay Away From Smoke
Smoking is a major contributor to and cause of 14 different cancers including ovarian cancer. Stay away from smoke and decrease your chances of getting ovarian cancer.
4) Consider Birth Control
Birth control pills are oral contraceptives that lower your risk of ovarian cancer, if taken for five years or more. The pills stop ovulation and the more you ovulate, the greater your risk of developing this cancer.
5) Lead a Healthy Lifestyle
Exercising regularly and maintaining a well-rounded diet is integral to leading a healthy lifestyle and lowering your risk of ovarian cancer. Make sure to eat a combination of fruit, vegetables, protein and whole grains.
6) Keep Your Vagina Chemical-Free
Keep chemicals away from your vagina as well as talcum powder. The vagina is a fragile ecosystem that works hard to maintain itself. There is a strong correlation evidenced between the usage of talcum powder and ovarian cancer. Stay away from the usage of chemical hygiene products.
7) Get Vaccinated Against HPV
Human papillomavirus or HPV is an infection that causes cervical, vagina, vulvar and ovarian cancer. Get tested for this infection and vaccinated against it.