Women's Health: An Interview With Dr. Ben Johnson
September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. In honor of awareness, we sat down with Dr. Ben to talk about tips to aid in prevention and awareness. According to cancer.org about 22,280 women will receive a new diagnosis of ovarian cancer and about 14,240 women will die from ovarian cancer. These statistics have an important fear factor to be aware of, ovarian cancer is not easy to detect, and unfortunately proper testing with a successful diagnosis is rare. Before we hear from Dr. Ben, let's talk about some facts.
The general population sits at a 0.2% risk of getting ovarian cancer before the age of 50 and 0.7% risk from the ages of 50 - 70 years. While ovarian cancer has a low risk analysis, prevention and proper care of your reproductive organs is vital for a happy, long life.
If you have received genetic testing and have been diagnosed with a positive BRCA 1 or 2 mutation, your risk is higher and your prevention action plan needs to take precedent.
Ovarian cancer symptoms are difficult to detect as they often mimc daily bodily issues that we tend to overlook. If you are experiencing extreme bloating that remains consistent throughout your menstrual cycle and beyond and is accompanied by pelvic and abdominal pain, please consider making an appointment with your OB/GYN. Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly, as well as urgent urinary symptoms are also symptoms of ovarian cancer.
Let's now hear from Dr. Ben on prevention and how to holistically create hormonal balance to better your reproductive health.
What screenings should women start in their 20’s to protect themselves from reproductive issues?
Routine PAP smears are recommended.
Why is hormonal balance so important for women to achieve?
Osmosis DIM binds these estrogen toxins to help regulate and detox the body. Hormonal balance affects all aspects of health including immune and mental health. It is a major contributor to overall well-being, youthfulness, and longevity.
What can we do to help spread awareness to ovarian cancer, a rare and difficult to detect cancer?
In order to help spread awareness, we can learn the potential causes of this condition that may include environmental toxins, viruses and/or emotional triggers. Cancer usually involves all three components so it is vital that we each take care of ourselves, AND help take care of others' wellness.
What questions should we ask our doctors at our annual screenings to ensure we are taking care of our reproductive health?
Be sure to track any symptoms of hormonal imbalance. Some of those symptoms are; cystic acne, hair growth in areas where hair shouldn't be, or hair loss. We should look for early signs of hormonal imbalance and address these symptoms with our doctors for their records and explore treating them holistically.
Can you tell us about the importance of internal and spiritual wellness for a better, healthier body and mind?
The majority of cancers likely have an emotional component like fear, anger, or sadness that may encourage its creation within the body. Learning forgiveness and accepting life each day as it unfolds can lessen the chance for cancer in the future. Faith in a higher presence has proven an effective tool for some seeking spontaneous remissions. Faith alone cannot create this reality, one must also heal the emotional pain and follow their intuition when it comes to the right holistic and medical remedies for them. Coupling both holistic and western medicine can have great benefits. My suggestions to boost the effects of DIM and help restore hormonal balance are, Hormone Health, Inner Harmony, and Environmental Protection Harmonized Waters.
This month be sure to show your body that you love it, schedule a check up if you're due, do a mental symptom check list, and get involved to help spread awareness to this rare, difficult-to-detect cancer. For more information, and to learn about ways you can help, go here.
To learn where to shop for your hormone health go here.