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Dr. Oz: Dairy and bacon increase ovarian and pancreatic cancer risks

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Dr. Oz said simple diet and lifestyle changes can dramatically reduce your risks of getting pancreatic and ovarian cancers — the two most feared cancers.

Reduce Dairy Intake to Cut Ovarian Cancer Risk

On the Dec. 13 episode of the Dr. Oz Show, he said ovarian cancer is the No. 1 silent killer of women because it can go undetected for years.

Risk factors for ovarian cancer include the following:

  • Family history of ovarian cancer or breast cancer.
  • Women over 40.
  • Women who have never been pregnant.
  • Women who are overweight by 25 pounds or more.

Because there's no effective way to screen for ovarian cancer, by the time you discover you have ovarian cancer, it may be too late.

Dr. Oz said the symptoms of ovarian cancer include the following:

  • Bloating.
  • Uncomfortable feeling of fullness all the time.
  • Gas and other digestive issues.
  • Abnormal bleeding.

Dr. Oz said you can dramatically reduce your chances of getting ovarian cancer by cutting back on dairy consumption. Research shows that consuming 30 grams of lactose a day (or three servings) boosts your risk by 20%, so Dr. Oz suggested limiting dairy intake to one serving a day.

Packaged Meats Spur Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer is another insidious cancer because it too can go undetected for years, and by the time it's discovered, it's too late. Apple CEO Steve Jobs died of pancreatic cancer in 2011 at age 56. By the time he was diagnosed with cancer, the tumors were already extremely aggressive.

Fortunately, Dr. Oz said pancreatic cancer is curable if detected early. He said eating packaged meats such as deli meats, uncured bacon, and hot dogs dramatically raises your risk of getting pancreatic cancer.

Dr. Oz explained that packaged meats contain nitrates and nitrites, chemical preservatives known for fueling cancer growth. He said if you do buy packaged meats, look for the following labels:

  • Uncured meat
  • Nitrite-free
  • Nitrate-free

Dr. Oz said the risk factors for pancreatic cancer include the following:

  • Family history of pancreatic or ovarian cancer.
  • Age 55 or older.
  • Being obese.
  • Being a smoker.
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