(Natural News) More than just a cooking ingredient, Welsh onion (Allium fistulosum) has been used as a traditional medicine for treating colds, influenza, abdominal pain, headache, and heart disease. Research has yet discovered another health benefit of this superfood. In the study, published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, researchers revealed that it...
Read More [...]
Menopause occurs when a woman has not had her period for 12 months or longer.This process naturally happens as a woman ages, as the ovaries stop producing or produce reduced amounts of female hormone. This usually occurs when she is in her 40s or 50s.
However, some woman may go through menopause at a younger age. This is certainly the case for women who have had their ovaries removed.
The ovaries are small organs situated on either side of the uterus. They produce hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone, that control a woman's menstrual cycle.
Without ovaries to release hormones, a woman will go through menopause at an earlier time. This can have both short- and long-term effects on women that they should prepare for and be aware of.
Surgical menopause, which is also known as a bilateral oophorectomy, is a procedure in which a woman's ovaries are removed.
In most cases, the procedure is minimally invasive, meaning a surgeon will make small cuts in the lower abdomen to access and remove the ovaries.
Sometimes, a doctor will perform an oophorectomy along with other gynecological surgeries, including:
hysterectomy, which is the removal of the uterus
salpingectomy, which is the removal of the fallopian tubes that are near the ovaries
salpingo-oophorectomy, which is the removal of both the ovaries and the fallopian tubes
Preventive surgery and surgical menopause
There are several reasons why a doctor may perform an oophorectomy, which induces menopause. These include:
non-cancerous ovarian tumors or cysts
ovary torsion, where an ovary becomes twisted and blood flow is affected
Some women have an oophorectomy to reduce their risk of developing ovarian or breast cancers. Doctors call this a prophylactic oophorectomy.
Women who have ovarian or breast cancers in their family history are at greater risk for developing these types of cancers. Some women undergo genetic testing to identify whether they have mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. These genes produce proteins that suppress cancerous tumor growth.
However, if a woman has inherited genetic mutations to these genes, she is more likely to develop cancer types, such as ovarian and breast cancers.
According to the National Cancer Institute, mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes account for 15 percent of all ovarian cancers. These gene mutations also account for 20 to 25 percent of hereditary breast cancers. Women who have these genes are more likely to get cancer, and at an earlier age.
Continue reading... What are the effects of surgical menopause?
In 2010 I profiled a study conducted by the National Institutes of Health, the largest such study in history, which found that dietary fat of animal origin was associated with increased pancreatic cancer risk. Which animal fat is the worst? The second ... [...]
DiSilvestro and his team added that curcumin has been previously been suggested to have many health benefits – with data from cell cultures and experimental animals models suggesting the spice extract has beneficial actions for lipid metabolism and ... [...]
Coffee — it not only wakes us up and elevates our mood, but, research suggests, may also protect us against dementia and boost our memory and metabolism. However, Fox News warns, we may be unintentionally undercutting some of coffee's benefits. [...]
Ankylosing spondylitis, a type of inflammatory arthritis, could be intensified by physically demanding work due to an increase in inflammation, according to research presented at the American College of Rheumatology. Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is an ... [...]
For many patients, the cancer treatments, with all the debilitating side effects, feel like friendly fire. A new drug trial, though, helped one woman fight her breast cancer with a better quality of life. Amy Charney, 48, planned to run in last year's ... [...]
He has designed and synthesised selective drugs for breast and prostate cancer at the UK's Institute of Cancer Research. His prostate cancer drug, abiraterone acetate, has been licensed as a last-line treatment for prostate cancer — not an easy task, ... [...]
It can be used to treat spinal cord tumours, sarcomas near the spine or brain, prostate cancer, lung cancer, liver cancer and some children's cancers. Independent expert Prof Gillies McKenna, who is the head of the department of oncology at the ... [...]
Turmeric, the bright orange cousin of ginger, has graduated from a colorful spice in Indian cuisine, to a widely recognized super food. Turmeric is the powdered rhizome of a tropical plant and 90% of the world's supply comes from India. (1). Its ... [...]
For many people, a healthy lifestyle means more than eating a good diet and getting enough exercise — vitamins, supplements, and complementary nutritional products are also part of the plan. But though there is much publicity about their potential ... [...]
The ALSYMPCA study treated metastatic castration resistant prostate cancer patients with symptomatic bone metastases using radium-223 and best standard of care, compared with placebo and best standard of care. The results were published recently in ... [...]