Dr Oz: Pancreatic Cancer & Vitamin K
If you are a woman or have a woman in your life that you care about, the information from today’s Dr. Oz show, Your Biggest Cancer Risks: Dr Oz’s Biggest Solutions, is something you need to have and share because it could not only lower your risk for cancer, but it could also save your life. One of the most frightening cancers that Doctor Oz has already talked about is Ovarian Cancer. It is a scary cancer because it often diagnosed too late and that is why it is called The Silent Killer. While there are many risk factors for Ovarian Cancer, there are also many solutions, so Dr. Oz shared several easy steps you can take to possibly prevent Ovarian Cancer and even safe your life or the life of someone that you love.
Dr Oz Pancreatic Cancer Warning Signs
Dr. Oz explains that one of the deadliest cancers is Pancreatic Cancer. It is the cancer that scares doctors the most because it is very hard to find and nearly impossible to treat. Dr. Oz says you shouldn’t ignore the warning signs:
- Abdominal and Back Pain
- Pale Colored Stool
- Weight Loss
Dr Oz: Pancreatic Cancer Kills 37,000 Americans
Dr. Oz is very passionate about Pancreatic Cancer because he says it is a very dirty player, so he wants you to have as much information as possible to know the signs and when to talk to your doctor. Dr. Oz begins by saying that cancer in the pancreas is very tough for doctors to find and see because the pancreas hides behind other organs, so it is important to understand your anatomy to be able to understand why it is so difficult to find. Pancreatic Cancer may be the most feared and deadly of all cancers.
This year around 44,000 Americans will be diagnosed with this cancer, with more than 37, 000 of them dying from it. In recent years, we lost celebrities Patrick Swayze and Steve Jobs to this insidious disease. Sadly, a diagnosis is often made very late in the progression of the disease, which makes treatment immensely difficult. A recent has shed a bit of positive light on this horrible cancer, however, showing that Pancreatic Cancer is actually pretty slow-growing, so finding it early can be the difference to saving your life.
Dr Oz: Drinking Soda Increases Pancreatic Cancer Risk
Dr. Sarah Thayer, Director of Pancreatic Cancer Research at Massachusetts General Hospital, says that alcohol and soda consumption can increase your risk for Pancreatic Cancer. What might be most startling is that recent studies have shown that drinking as little as 2 cans of soda a week can increase your risk by up to 87%. That is simply a shocking number, so imagine if you drink double or triple that amount of soda every week.
Dr Oz: Sugar in 2 Cans of Soda
Dr. Oz demonstrates how our pancreas works to secrete insulin on a daily basis. Without soda, it does a good job at handling the amount of insulin, but just buy adding those 2 cans of soda with a whopping 78 grams of sugar combined, Dr. Oz says the pancreas goes into overdrive and simply can’t handle the amount of insulin. He says his approach may be bold, but he is asking you to cut your soda intake to just 1 per week.
He is not saying to never drink it again, but adds soda should part of a celebration or special event, not an everyday beverage. He also says to limit yourself to 1 alcoholic drink per day because even though he often shares the benefits from drinking alcohol, it should only be consumed in moderation, especially when considering risk factors for Pancreatic Cancer.
Dr Oz: Gum Disease & Pancreatic Cancer
A recent study showed that certain bacterium, one which causes gum disease, increases your risk for Pancreatic Cancer. Dr. Sarah Thayer says to look for signs of gum disease that include swollen gums, bleeding gums or blood on your toothbrush. If you have any of these symptoms you should talk to your dentist, but she says the most important thing is prevention. By brushing and flossing 2 times a day and getting your teeth professionally cleaned every 6 months you greatly lower your risk for gingivitis or gum disease.
Dr Oz: Pancreatic Cancer & Type 2 Diabetes
A person with Type 2 Diabetes is at greater risk for Pancreatic Cancer. The two are both so closely related because of their connection to insulin in the body. Dr. Thayer explains that this can actually go both ways because not only can Pancreatic Cancer cause Type 2 Diabetes, but if you are diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in middle age, this should raise a raise red flag because it puts you at higher risk for Pancreatic Cancer. She says the key is to remember that Diabetes is caused by a disregulation of insulin and insulin is made by the pancreas, so a long term disregulation of insulin can lead to Pancreatic Cancer.
- According to Dr. Sarah Thayer, recent research has shown that increasing your intake of Vitamin K (found in green leafy vegetables) can reduce your risk for diabetes by about 50% and decreasing your risk for Type 2 Diabetes lowers your risk for Pancreatic Cancer.
Dr Oz: Pancreatic Cancer Family History
Family history is another factor when considering your risk for Pancreatic Cancer. Dr. Oz says if you have had at least 2 family members who have had Pancreatic, Breast, or Ovarian Cancers, you are at a higher risk yourself.
Dr Oz: Baby Aspirin Prevents Pancreatic Cancer?
Dr. Thayer shares recent evidence has shown an easy way to aid in preventing Pancreatic Cancer is by taking an 81mg Baby Aspirin as often as once a month. Dr. Oz says early detection is key and you can cut your risk with just a few lifestyle changes to greatly lower your risk of this deadly disease.