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Dr. Oz: Cut out bacon and dairy to slash pancreatic and ovarian cancer risk

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As researchers progress in their knowledge of what causes different types of cancers, they're discovering the impact of diet. And the good news: Small dietary changes can make significant differences in reducing your risk of two serious types of cancer: Pancreatic and ovarian, revealed Dr. Mehmet Oz on his Dec. 13 talk show.

Known as the silent killer of women, ovarian cancer ranks as the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women between the ages of 35 and 74. Among the risk factors that you can control with diet:

  • Women who are 25 pounds or more overweight have a higher risk.
  • Consuming excess dairy products raises your risk. Researchers have discovered that people who ate 30 grams of lactose a day increased their ovarian cancer risk by 20 percent. Try swapping non-dairy beverages for milk just once a day to cut down: Read about the different plant-based, non-dairy beverages by clicking here.

Pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly diseases, says Dr. Oz. It is the fourth most common cancer killer. Among the risk factors that you can control with diet:

  • Drink less soda. Individuals consuming two or more sodas a week had a higher risk for pancreatic cancer compared to those who did not drink soda in a study.
  • Cut down on alcohol. Drinking three or more drinks per day increases your risk of dying from pancreatic cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends no more than one alcoholic drink per day for women and two drinks for men.
  • Reduce your intake of processed meats such as bacon.
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