Too many healthy vaginal bacteria could increase the risk of ovarian cancer. This is what British researchers have discovered at University College London. With this knowledge, scientists hope to be able to identify high-risk women at an early stage. For an early diagnosis increase the chances of recovery many times.
Currently, ovarian cancer is often detected too late, as symptoms such as flatulence due to menstrual problems or irritable bowel syndrome are considered. The exact cause of ovarian cancer is unknown. Risk factors include: advanced age, obesity or a family history of ovarian or breast cancer.
However, researchers also believe that microorganisms play a role in the body. In the vagina, these are useful lactobacilli that can apparently prevent the spread of unhealthy microbes.
Lactobacillus less present in the risk group
As part of the study, the results mentioned in the journal "The Lancet Oncology" A total of 580 women were studied: 176 with ovarian cancer, 109 with high-risk genes (BRCA1 genes) and 295 without genetic risk.
As with cervical cancer screening, the subjects were sampled. In women under the age of 50 who had ovarian cancer or who carried cancer genes, the so-called lactobacillus level was significantly lower than that of healthy people. Regardless of whether or not there is a direct link between the level of lactobacillus and the risk of cancer it must be explored. Because there are several factors that influence both the composition of vaginal bacteria and the risk of ovarian cancer.
Excessive use of harmful hygiene products
However, it is important that women pay close attention to symptoms and seek medical attention immediately. Even on an exaggerated hygiene you should give up.
The authors believe that excessive use of hygiene products will destroy the good bacteria in the vagina. This destroys the natural protective barrier against infections, which also increases the risk of ovarian cancer.
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