The recent advances in medicine have brought forth some very interesting and important discoveries. These days, there are more definitive treatments for disease. Modern medicine has made advances in diagnosis, treatment, or in some cases, effective preventive measures to deter the development of disease. It is this development that we should be looking forward to with much hope and promise.
Women and Cancer
In the last decade, there has been an increase in the number of women affected by deadly diseases. Most patients with Alzheimer’s disease are women. Another alarming statistic is the number of female cancer patients. Although there is currently no definitive cure for cancer, there are some preventive measures that can mitigate its development. Credit this to several key scientific findings in recent years.
The cure for cancer will eventually be found at some point in the future. But for now, women should take care of themselves to avoid developing a disease so difficult to treat.
1. Ovarian Cancer
Although the chance for a woman to develop ovarian cancer is strongly associated with family history than other factors, there are no reliable screening tests that can be used to identify it at an early stage of development.
Nevertheless, one treatment option involves a regimen of Fenretidine, a synthetic form of Vitamin A. For some women, this is a much more desirable solution as compared to the surgical removal of your ovaries. Of course, this treatment is currently only provided for those whose family history has suggested a high possibility of acquiring ovarian cancer.
2. Cervical Cancer
Cigarettes have been found to be the biggest contributor to developing this disease, which is caused by human papilloma virus or HPV. This isn’t much of a surprise, as other types of cancer have been linked with cigarettes.
Quitting smoking is the best solution to avoid developing cervical cancer if you are at risk. Nonsmokers should avoid inhaling second hand smoke. Just to be sure whether you have the disease or not, a regular Pap Smear conducted by your gynecologist can help in identifying cervical cancer in its early stages.
3. Endometrial Cancer
This is another form of cancer that is hard to detect. Endometrial Cancer has been linked to so many causes, but estrogen has been seen as the biggest factor. Most women who have this disease are those who are infertile, have never been pregnant, have diabetes, or have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). One way to prevent the development of endometrial cancer is to lead a more active lifestyle and changing your diet to foods that are rich in soy.
By learning how to take a proactive role in promoting good health, women can work in concert with their gynecologist in preventing the development of cancer or having to deal with its debilitating effects.