The gut microbiota has been in the limelight for a couple of years for its strong effect on our health. Now, maybe its time for the vaginal bacteria to show its power for a while! Women with a high risk of ovarian cancer have low levels of vagina-friendly bacteria and so do women who are diagnosed with the disease according to a new study.
Ovarian cancer is a type of cancer which begins in the ovaries and spreads to the pelvis and abdomen most of the times before getting detected. The reason for such late diagnosis is because early stage ovarian cancer rarely gets detected due to absence of symptoms. Advanced-stage cancer too causes symptoms such as weight loss, pain in the pelvis, bowel change, abdominal bloating and urge to urinate frequently which are often mistaken for other common conditions. While diagnosing the cancer at an earlier stage helps in treating it speedily, the symptoms make the process tougher. Also, though the exact cause remains a mystery family history of ovarian or breast cancer and overweight issues increase the risk. Learn how genes has an impact on breast cancer risk from www.firsteatright.com. If you have a family history it is better to discuss it with your doctor who might refer you to a genetic counsellor to test for genetic mutations that could increase the risk of ovarian and breast cancer. But now, researchers strongly believe that microorganisms living inside our body may have a prominent role to play.
Personal hygiene is extremely important and each of us must take utmost care to ensure that our body is well cared for. One species of bacteria in the vagina called as the lactobacillus is assumed to be beneficial to the body as researchers feel that these bacteria helps in protecting against unhelpful or bad microbes from occupying a safe place in the vagina and causing harm.
The study published in The Lancet journal had vaginal and cervical samples taken from 176 women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer, 109 women who belonged to the high-risk category due to the presence of the BRCA1 mutation and 295 women who did not belong to the high-risk category. Results showed that:
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.