Dr Oz: Women’s Silent Killers
When it comes to life threatening diseases, many of these conditions have something in common: early detection is key for survival. Dr Oz emphasized this important point, reminding everyone they should pay attention to subtle signals that could be pointing them toward a medical emergency.
Sometimes symptoms are so quiet or commonplace that they can be written off or mistaken for something else. But this could mean you’re missing the warnings of Ovarian Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, or a Brain Aneurysm. Check out what he had to say about these silent killers of women.
Dr Oz: Ovarian Cancer Symptoms Sheet
Bloating can be an everyday symptom, but it usually doesn’t last too long. If your bloating persists for longer than two weeks, this can be a warning of Ovarian Cancer. Other signals include becoming full quickly and frequent urination.
These symptoms can be mistaken, even by doctors, as a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), but they could also be signs of Ovarian Cancer, which paralyzes the gut, leading to bloating and that full feeling. The cancer also causes hormone secretions that can irritate the Bladder.
If you are having problems that persist for longer than two weeks in a month, ask your doctor about checking this out, because Cancer can quickly spread to the intestines. The survival rates are highest when you can detect it early.
In the audience, Kristina said she identifies with these symptoms, complaining of Bloating multiple times a week, which causes her to wear larger, roomier pants. Check Dr Oz’s website for a Cancer Checklist you can print and take to your doctor’s appointment.
Dr Oz: Brain Aneurysm Warning Signs
A Brain Aneurysm can also be hard to detect because its symptoms are often confused with other causes. These include Light Sensitivity, Neck Stiffness, and Severe Headaches. A healthy head has blood coursing through vein, all the way up to the brain.
But when pressure is placed on these areas, the blood can’t circulate properly, possibly causing Vision Changes and other pain. An Aneurysm is caused when a factor such as High Blood Pressure causes blood vessels to burst, squeezing the life out of them.
Time is critical when it comes to saving an Aneurysm victim’s life. That’s why it’s best to stay on top of your Blood Pressure numbers before things get out of control.
Dr Oz: Pancreatic Cancer
When it comes to Pancreatic Cancer, you could be noticing pain in the Abdomen or Back, Decreased Appetite, or Pale Stool. That last symptom is one way you can differentiate between symptoms of Pancreatic Vs Colon Cancer. Here again, early detection provides the best survival outlook.
Dr Oz: What Does The Pancreas Do
The Pancreas is behind your stomach, and it helps the body digest food. Symptoms are often mistaken for back pain, but if you notice pain that radiates from front to back, that can be a telltale indication that there’s a problem with your Pancreas.
A healthy Pancreas is small and feels rubbery yet firm, according to Dr Oz. However, a Cancerous Pancreas becomes thick and attaches itself to the intestines, growing larger and more firm. The Cancer blocks Enzymes needed for proper digestion, which is what leads to pale stool samples.
The best news Dr Oz had is that you can easily lower your risk of developing Pancreatic Cancer. The first step is Weight Loss. Reducing Nitrates in your diet (from foods like Bacon, Hot Dogs and Sausage) can also lower your risk. According to some studies, Nitrates actually damage our DNA and raise your risk of developing Pancreatic Cancer by more than ⅓.