Donnica Moore, author of Women’s Health For Life, was on Dr. Oz to discuss the five silent killers for women: uterine cancer, hepatitis, ovarian cancer, heart attacks and HPV (Human Papillomavirus). This information could save your life, you must read this!
1. Uterine Cancer – The wall of the uterus is the endometrium and deep within the walls of the endometrium is where the cancer cells form and push their way through. As the cancer cells get bigger and stronger, they can suck up more blood and grow bigger and stronger. Eventually the uterine cancer spreads to the cervix, then the bladder and rectum and eventually works its way into your intestinal tract. The symptoms of uterine cancer to look out for include: abnormal vaginal bleeding, abnormal vaginal discharge or odor, weight gain or weight loss, new acne that you didn’t have before, deepened voice, increased hair growth and severe pain. Donnica Moore said that you should pay particular attention to spotting between periods or bleeding after menopause. See a doctor immediately if you have to change a pad or tampon every hour for 3 or more hours straight, if you bleed more than 7 days, if you have vaginal bleeding while pregnant, if there is a foul odor or discharge with the bleeding or a very sharp pain. Your doctor will do an internal exam, a pap smear can’t detect uterine cancer but can pick up other abnormalities and a pelvic ultrasound.
2. Hepatitis – 150 million people in the world have hepatitis and over 50,000 Americans die every year from hepatitis. There are only vaccines for hepatitis A & B. If you are going to travel to other countries, you may need to get a hepatitis A vaccine. Hepatitis A is transmitted through food. You can also get hepatitis from an overdoes of acetaminophen or by drinking too much alcohol. If you get hepatitis, you ultimately get cirrhosis of the liver (your liver turns very hard and rather than being smooth, your liver turns into chronic scar tissue). Hepatitis symptoms include: fatigue, muscle aches, yellow skin (Jaundice), pale stools, dark urine, low fever, vomiting and diarrhea.
3. Ovarian Cancer – Lisa was watching Dr. Oz one day and diagnosed herself with ovarian cancer (she thought she just had endometriosis), she went to a doctor right away, and it saved her life. The symptoms of ovarian cancer include bloating, increased abdominal size, abdominal pain, pelvic pain, difficulty eating, and feeling full quickly after you eat.
4. Heart Attack – The number one killer of women is the heart attack. Jodi was watching Dr. Oz and saw the signs of a heart attack, so later in the weekend when she had a hot burning feeling across her chest, she rushed to the emergency room, had a few stints put into her heart and was told by doctors that if she hadn’t come to the hospital, she would have died. Here are the heart attack symptoms to watch out for: heavy feeling in your chest, pain in your jaw, arm or upper back, shortness of breath, nausea, heat or burning feeling in your heart, sweating, indigestion, heartburn, extreme fatigue, inability to sleep and a feeling of anxiety.
These 5 silent killers (uterine cancer, hepatitis, ovarian cancer, heart attacks, plus one more unmentionable topic), are actually quiet killers, not silent killers… you can hear them if you pay attention. Please pass this on to all of the important women in your life, it could save their life!