January 21, 2004
About 12,000 American women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, but thanks to effective screening, many of the women can be cured. The good news is that overall cervical cancer rates are declining, but there’s bad news for women who are obese: They have double the chance of developing cervical adenocarcinoma (a malignant cervical cancer), according to a recent study published in the journalCancer. Moreover, a recent Gallup poll sponsored by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) found that nearly 80% of female ob-gyns rated obesity as the most serious health problem facing women under 50.
Log on to here to learn more and assess your risk. Another helpful site is provided by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Most importantly, women should get screened by their gynecologist on an annual basis, keep an eye on their weight and make sure they eat their 5-to-9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. According to the National Cancer Institute, “People whose diets are rich in fruits and vegetables have a lower risk of getting cancer.”
Want to learn more about the ABC’s of possibly staving off cancer through diet? Here’s a comprehensive list of those foods that research indicates may have benefits.
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