Ovarian Cancer

What Causes Ovarian Cancer?

In order to deal properly with ovarian cancer we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.  We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow ovarian cancer to develop?"

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Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind ovarian cancer consists of three steps:

Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors

Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to ovarian cancer.  Here are two possibilities:
  • Selenium Need
  • Iodine Need

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
cysts in breasts
frequent colds/flus
no iodine supplementation
vegan diet
much vitamin C supplementation
possibly jaundiced skin
fast iodine patch disappearance
numb/burning/tingling extremities
metallic taste in mouth
indoor allergies
low iodine consumption
allergy to chemicals
... and so on

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of ovarian cancer:
Cause Probability Status
Selenium Need 95% Confirm
Iodine Need 70% Possible
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate cancer, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Have you suffered from Ovarian Cancer?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Yes but now resolved for over 5 years
→ Yes but now resolved for under 5 years
→ Current problem but containable
→ Current problem and aggressive/spreading
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either history of ovarian cancer or ovarian cancer, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Iodine Requirement

Geographic differences in the rates of breast, endometrial and ovarian cancer appear to be linked to iodine intake, suggesting that low intake may produce increased gonadotrophin stimulation leading to a hyperestrogenic state characterized by a relatively low estriol : (estrone + estradiol) ratio which may increase the risk of these cancers.  [Lancet, pp.890-1, 1976]

Selenium Requirement

20,305 American women were followed prospectively for 20 years.  Initial serum selenium levels were found to be inversely related to the risk of ovarian cancer.  [J Natl Cancer Inst 88(1): pp.32-7, 1996]

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