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  •  I'd like to see more cancer research money go into (3+ / 0-)
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    education and commitment to cleaning up environmental risk factors and education regarding environmental risk factors, including foods with toxins and foods that help prevent cancer.

    I also wonder if preventive surgeries (hysterectomies) for uterine and ovarian cancer should be given more thought and consideration under certain circumstances?  Definitely needs more discussion.

    •  My oncologist thinks every woman should have (3+ / 0-)

      a hysterectomy once she has decided to be done having children or not have them. (I'm sure there is a better way to word that.)

      But that seems unnatural to me.

      Tracy B Ann - technically that is my signature.

      by ZenTrainer on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 05:43:23 PM PDT

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      •  In the bad old days, it seems to me (3+ / 0-)

        that the uterus was referred to in mainstream gynecology as a "disease-producing organ" that had no purpose once childbearing was done, or forgone. That seems to have been a big part of the rationale for the large numbers of hysterectomies that were done a couple of decades ago.

        However, since the women's health movement gained strength, the rate of elective hysterectomies dropped dramatically. Certainly if mine hadn't become so diseased, I'd prefer to have it still.

        Better to find out why the increase in repro cancers and then to do something about it than to keep removing organs willy-nilly.

        Some DKos series & groups worth your while: Black Kos, Native American Netroots, KosAbility, Monday Night Cancer Club. If you'd like to join the Motor City Kossacks, send me a Kosmail.

        by peregrine kate on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 06:04:57 PM PDT

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    •  Absolutely. As someone with a cancer (2+ / 0-)
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      that seems to be strongly estrogen-dependent, I am also very interested in eliminating as many of the products that mimic estrogen when ingested.

      There has been some discussion of that possibility (prophylactic hysterectomies and/or oophorectomies) in women with precancerous conditions, or with genetic markers that show that they're at great risk (e.g. Lynch syndrome). It's also been surmised that the recent uptick in rates of uterine cancer is precisely because hysterectomies are now less routine than they once were. Can't win for losing, I guess.

      Some DKos series & groups worth your while: Black Kos, Native American Netroots, KosAbility, Monday Night Cancer Club. If you'd like to join the Motor City Kossacks, send me a Kosmail.

      by peregrine kate on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 05:56:27 PM PDT

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    •  clean up the environment with (3+ / 0-)
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      money spent on weapons.

      Don't redirect the research money--increase it!!

    •  abdominal surgeries have (2+ / 0-)
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      big risks. Complications happen with the surgeries that can change a woman's bowel habits for life. Just one example: scar tissue can glue your intestines together so you can never again eat broccoli.

      BUT, if we removed a woman's tubes when we did necessary hysterectomies we'd prevent a whole subset of ovarian cancers that really begin in the fallopian tubes.

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