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:
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:
Dark leafy greens
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:
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.