- Angelina Jolie, a US movie star, underwent a double mastectomy a few years ago and then removed her ovaries and fallopian tubes.
- There is growing scientific evidence that the bacterial population and microbiota living in the human body have an important impact on our health.
- Experts say that although it is not clear whether this connection has a causal relationship, or there are other factors in it.
Ovarian cancer is terrible because it is more deadly once it develops, and it is often too late to find it. With breast cancer, regular screening and prevention can be done early and early treatment can be effective.
However, the researchers said that vaginal swabs can be used to understand the bacteria in women’s vagina. Therefore, researchers hope that this new discovery can be used in the future to identify which women are at higher risk. The findings were published in the Lancet Oncology journal.
Angelina Jolie, a US movie star, underwent a double mastectomy a few years ago and then removed her ovaries and fallopian tubes. Julie’s resolute and bold move made a sensation at the time, and it also drew people’s attention to cancer genetics. Jolie’s mother died of ovarian cancer and her little sister died of breast cancer. Therefore, the BRCA1 and BRCA genes carried by Jolie gave her a 50% chance of developing ovarian cancer and an 87% chance of developing breast cancer.
But in addition to genetics, researchers at the University College London now find that if women have too few “beneficial bacteria” in their vagina, they may increase the risk of ovarian cancer.
In the UK alone, 7,000-8,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year. Early diagnosis can improve treatment and survival rates.
Some symptoms of ovarian cancer include abdominal discomfort, convulsions, and bloating. But it is easy to ignore, and it is considered to be a symptom related to dysmenorrhea and intestinal diseases. If the doctor suspects that it may be ovarian cancer, it is often tested further by blood test and ultrasound.
Some of the high-risk factors known include age, family genetic history, and overweight. Researchers at University College London believe that microbes living in the human body are also associated with the risk of ovarian cancer in women. Experts say that further research is needed on a larger scale.
There is growing scientific evidence that the bacterial population and microbiota living in the human body have an important impact on our health. Among them, a beneficial bacterium called lactic acid bacteria living in the vagina.
Experts believe that lactic acid bacteria can prevent harmful microbes from camping in the vagina and causing damage, thus providing a protective barrier. Researchers at University College London studied 176 women with ovarian cancer, 109 women with a high risk of ovarian cancer (BRCA1), and 295 women with no apparent genetic risk.
The vaginal swab test found that the number of lactic acid bacteria was much lower in those ovarian cancer patients under the age of 50.
Experts say that although it is not clear whether this connection has a causal relationship, or there are other factors in it. They think that microbes are definitely an interesting area of research. Researchers are slowly drawing out a complete picture of how microbes affect people’s health.
The researchers also said that although they are still not sure at this stage whether the beneficial bacteria in the vagina increase the risk of ovarian cancer, they suspect that this is a possibility. Because according to their research, women who overuse vaginal cleansing products tend to have a lower number of lactic acid bacteria, thus increasing their risk of developing ovarian cancer.
At the same time, experts suggest that if you suspect that you have symptoms, you must go to the doctor and check.