Why Eating for Cervical Health Matters

TAKE STEPS TO LOWER YOUR RISK OF CERVICAL CANCER

 

Did you know that nearly 13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year? Cervical cancer is cancer that starts in the cervix, the narrow opening into the uterus from the vagina. Cervical cancer is caused by an infection with certain strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV). It is the second most common type of cancer for women worldwide, but because it develops over time, it is also one of the most preventable types of cancer. While the disease may be preventable with vaccination and appropriate screening, your food choices may help protect you against cervical cancer. Here are some cancer fighting foods to incorporate into your diet.

 

Get your dose of Flavonoids

Flavonoids are chemical compounds in fruits and vegetables that are thought to be a leading source protection against cancer. Here are a few examples of flavonoid-rich foods:

Apples
Asparagus
Black beans
Brussels sprouts
Cranberries
Garlic
Lima beans
Onions
Spinach

 

 

Got Carotenoids?

Some studies suggest that carotenoids (a source of vitamin A), are also helpful in preventing cervical cancer risk. Here are some carotenoid containing fruits and vegetables:

Carrots
sweet potatoes
Pumpkin
winter squash
Tomatoes
Dark leafy greens
Cantaloupes
Apricots

 

 

Ever heard of Indole-3-Carbinol or I3C?

Indole-3-Carbinol is a natural compound found in cruciferous vegetables when they are crushed, chewed, or chopped. It has been shown to have strong antioxidant properties that can destroy harmful substances in the body. Here are some examples of I3C containing foods:

Arugula
Broccoli
Brussels sprouts
Cabbage
Cauliflower
Collard greens
Kale
Turnips

 

 

Be sure to add a variety of colors to your diet everyday and include nutritious foods with cancer fighting properties at all meals. Talk to your Doctor for more tips to lower your risk of cervical cancer. Visit the National Cervical Cancer Coalition for more information on Cervical Health.

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