Dr. Oz: Anti-Cancer Edition- Answers to Cancer Questions

Over 1/3 of us will get cancer in our lifetime, so hopefully some of the information that Doctor Oz provided about cancer can help us to spot cancer early and save our lives.  Make sure to pass this information on to your friends and family!  The most common cancer in women is breast cancer, and the most common cancer in men is prostate cancer, which all men will develop if they get old enough.  Dr. Oz said that skin cancer is the most common cancer overall.  The most deadly cancer in both men and women is lung cancer.  A century ago, Dr. Oz said that women did not really get lung cancer, so this is a fairly recent phenomenon.

Dr. Oz’s Anti-Cancer Edition: Cancer Questions & Answers

1.  What is the best way to detect breast cancer early on?

Cancer grows in glandular tissue, where milk forms when you have a baby.  Dr. Marisa Weiss, author of Living Well Beyond Breast Cancer: A Survivor’s Guide for When Treatment Ends and the Rest of Your Life Begins, said that the top three ways to catch breast cancer are: self exams, doctors exams and digital mammography.

2.  Is cancer ovarian hereditary?

Dr. Elizabeth Poynor said that 10% of ovarian cancer cases are hereditary.  Dr. Oz stressed the importance of having three generations of family history when you go to see your doctor… get the information now, before people in your family begin to pass away and then it will be harder to collect your family’s medical history.

3.  What causes lung cancer, other than smoking?

Dr. Len Lichtenfeld, an oncologist from the American Cancer Society, said that passive smoking (second hand smoking) can cause lung cancer as well as radon gas exposure.  The soil around some people’s homes release radon, which is a deadly, toxic, silent and odorless toxin.  Dr. Oz said it is crucial that everyone check their basement for radon with a Radon Gas Test Kit.  You lungs are supposed to be spongy, but when they get cancer, your lungs turn mushy and hard.  Also, when cancer pushes on your windpipe, it can make it hard to breath.  Symptoms of lung cancer include a cough that does not go away, coughing up blood, shortness of breath and / or weight  loss.

4.  Should I worry about pre-cancerous polyps found during a colonoscopy?

Dr. Jon LaPook said that genetics or toxins in our environment can make us form these pre-cancerous polyps found in our colon during a colonoscopy.  You should always eat a high fiber diet and lots of fruits and vegetables.  Also, make sure you get a screening test or colonoscopy by the age of 50, because these pre-cancerous polyps can be removed during a colonoscopy and thus can prevent them from turning into cancer.  Dr. Oz said that he turns 50 this year, so we know what test he will be getting!

5.  Why is ovarian cancer so dangerous?

Dr. Oz said that tumors that cause ovarian cancer are often not caught until it is late in the game because they don’t tend to cause significant symptoms.  Ovarian cancer used to be known as the silent killer, but now it is being called the cancer that whispers to us.  Dr. Oz said that ovarian cancer symptoms include frequent urination, abdominal bloating, a change in your bowel movements or extreme fatigue.  Generally, ovarian cancer symptoms come in pairs, so look for these pairs to help spot it early: bloating and increased abdominal size, abdominal pain and pelvic pain, and difficulty eating and feeling full quickly.

6.  Does weight gain increase the chance of cancer?

Dr. Marisa Weiss, Dr. Len Lichtenfeld and Dr. Elizabeth Poynor all agreed that being overweight does increase your chance of getting cancer.  If you can maintain a healthy weight, you reduce your chance of breast cancer.  If you are overweight, you can increase your risk of cancer by between 14% and 20% depending on if you are a man or woman.  And obese women have an increased risk of ovarian cancer.  So lets all work on getting to a healthy weight by getting in our 10,000 steps daily and eating healthy foods by cooking Recipes for Diets!


  1. says

    Radon gas has radioactive properties and can contribute to acute respiratory health risks, such as lung cancer (one in 20 will develop lung cancer due to elevated exposure1). This is especially true if you are a smoker or are exposed to second hand smoke on a consistent basis.

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