Cervical Cancer: 7 Foods to Eat to Lower Your Risk
Not long ago, cervical cancer was one of the biggest threat to women’s health — but prevention and treatments have helped drop cervical cancer deaths significantly. Even so, the American Cancer Society notes in 2018 alone, there will be roughly 13,240 new cases of this cancer diagnosed — and it’s estimated that 4,170 women will die.
If you’re a woman between the ages of 35 and 44, make sure you’re getting regular Pap tests. And it’s wise to eat the right foods that can help promote good cervix health at any age. Here are the foods you should be eating to lower your risk of this deadly cancer.
When it comes to protecting your cervix, orange and yellow-colored fruits and veggies should definitely be in your diet. Lifehack explains these foods, such as carrots, contain beta-carotene and carotenoids that help fight damage from carcinogens. Carotenoids are a source of vitamin A, Everyday Health reminds us, and they can make a huge difference here. Try eating carrots raw, adding them to a stew, or roasting them as a side dish.
Not only are avocados a great source of healthy fats, but they’re also rich in folate. Everyday Health explains research suggests folate, a form of vitamin B, may help reduce the risk of developing cervical cancer in those who have HPV. More testing is needed to confirm some theories regarding folate and cervical cancer, but even so, avocados are incredibly nutritious.
You probably don’t think about apples being super nutritious, but they may be protecting your cervix more than you think. Apples are rich in flavonoids, Everyday Health reminds us. And these chemical compounds may be key in fighting various cancers. Make sure you’re keeping the peel on your apple, too, as that’s where most of the flavonoids are concentrated.
4. Pumpkin and winter squash
If you don’t like carrots, there are plenty of other foods containing carotenoids that you should consider eating. For the fall and winter seasons, pumpkins and winter squashes are ideal. You’ll still be eating in season and getting all the help from these orange yellow veggies that you can.
5. Citrus fruits
The Canadian Women’s Health Network reports vitamin C can greatly assist the health of your cervix. And when it comes to getting enough vitamin C, it’s recommended that you start adding more citrus fruits into your diet. Lemons and oranges are good choices here. And if citrus isn’t your thing, you can also get some vitamin C by eating broccoli and Brussels sprouts.
6. Cooked tomato products
Love tomato sauce? You may be helping your cervix more than you think. The Canadian Women’s Health Network notes foods high in lycopene, like tomato products, promote cervical health. For this reason, fresh tomato puree and paste are best (leave the ketchup aside — you don’t need the extra sugar). Additionally, tomatoes contain vitamin C, which is also beneficial.
7. Dark leafy greens
When it comes to healthy foods to add to your diet, everyone could eat more dark leafy greens. Grand Forks Herald notes these veggies are high in folate, which is great news for your cervix. And when you have a diet full of spinach, kale, and collard greens, you’re also helping ward away many other types of cancer, too. If there’s one type of food to start eating more of, it’s certainly this.
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