Dr Oz: 3 Silent Killers in Women
Want to know how to detect a disease early? Doctor Oz says detecting the subtle, quiet, every day signals early may mean the difference between life and death. Find out the warning signs of ovarian cancer, pancreatic cancer and brain aneurysms. Plus, print out Dr Oz’s Ovarian Cancer One Sheet to bring to your doctor!
Dr Oz: Ovarian Cancer Symptom Sheet
Warning signs of ovarian cancer include bloating (if last more than 2 weeks), getting full quickly, and the frequent need to urinate. Doctors may diagnose this as a UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) but it really may be cancer. Ovarian cancer sends out signals that paralyze your gut. You begin to get bloated and you eat and feel full quickly. Cancer secretes hormones that irritate your bladder. If you have these issues for more than 2 weeks out of the month, you should get checked out by your doctor because the cancer could spread and cease the intestines. Getting checked out early on will change the survival rate drastically.
Kristina, an audience member, said these symptoms happened to her a lot. She felt bloated 2-3 times per week and this is when she had to wear her “big girl pants.” Kristina told Doctor Oz that when this happens, she had to wear the pants for at least half of the week. (Women know what “big girl” pants are. Men, if you don’t ask your wife or closest girlfriend!)
To print out your Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer form, go to Dr Oz’s website here. Fill out the form and take it to your doctor today!
Dr Oz: Brain Aneurysms Warning Signs
Warning signs of a brain aneurysm includes severe headache, sensitivity to light and a stiff neck. Normally, you have blood coursing through the veins inside the brain. When you have pressure, there is no place for it to go. This pressure may cause pain and changes in vision. Something then forces the blood vessel to break (high blood pressure.) When it explodes, it literally squeezes the life out of it. When this happens, it may be too late. Doctor Oz says to help control the growth of the aneurysm, know your blood pressure numbers and keep it under control.
Dr Oz: Pancreatic Cancer Symptoms
Warning signs of pancreatic cancer include pain in the abdomen that radiates to the back, a loss of appetite, and pale stool. (Pale stool is the difference between pancreatic and colon cancer.) The good news is, if symptoms are found early, you may be able to beat it.
How The Pancreas Works
The pancreas lies behind the stomach and helps digest foods. Because it’s in the back, symptoms may not be evident. Because of its location, pain from the front to back is a classic hallmark. Dr Oz put on the purple gloves and showed a healthy pancreas. The healthy pancreas was small and rubbery feeling. It also felt firm. Dr Oz then showed one plagued with pancreatic cancer. In this case, the pancreas was thick and attached to the intestines. (It really looked pretty gross!) It was much larger and harder. Because of the cancer, it blocked the enzymes from digesting food. When this happens, the food remains beige in color so the stool comes out pale. (This is how doctors tell the difference between colon and pancreatic cancer.).
How to Cut Your Risk of Pancreatic Cancer
The good news is that you can cut your risk of ever obtaining the disease by reducing your weight. You can also reduce your risks by eliminating nitrates from your diet. (Bacon, sausage and hot dogs.) Studies show that nitrates damage the DNA and can increase your risk of pancreatic cancer by 38%.