In his book The Ultimate Guide to Ovarian Cancer, Dr. Benedict B. Benigno states "The monthly ovulatory cycle produces an explosion in an ovary as the egg is released, and this appears to be why having pregnancies early in life may confer protection against this disease....It is believed that the damage to the ovary at the time of ovulation contributes to the genesis of this cancer."
***The birth control pill provides a 50% decrease in the incidence of ovarian cancer if taken for a minimum of 5 years. When the birth control pill first emerged I was against it, saying, "you don't fool around with mother nature!" I have since learned my lesson.
***As long as a woman is breast feeding, she rarely ovulates. Women in Western countries tend to start having children in their mid-thirties or later; fewer of them breastfeed (49% for 6 months); and she is having about 2.1 pregnancies during her reproductive life. Again, if she is not ovulating then it decreases the incidence of ovarian cancer.
***Women in other areas of the world have multiple pregnancies, breastfeed for several years, and often get pregnant as early as their teens. The statistics of ovarian cancer is these countries is almost non-existent.
So, what does all this mean?
***I am not suggesting that women start having children in their teens, have multiple births, nor that every woman should breast feed for a few years.
***After reading Dr. Benigno's book and other research I have done, I do believe that there must be some kind of a connection between ovulation and ovarian cancer. I also find the current information quite interesting. According to cancer.org "The risk goes down with each full-term pregnancy. Breastfeeding may lower the risk even further."
***There is a fairly well accepted theory that ovarian cancer actually begins in the area between the ovary and the fallopian tube. Is it related to the number of ovulations? Is there some kind of a change or damage to the epithelial cells which repair the ovary's surface after the egg is released?
***Even with modern medicine more than 25,000 women will be diagnosed in 2013 with this disease. And the overall survival rate has NOT changed in the past 20 years! I am asking for your support to fund research. Here are some suggested sites:
Both books are available at www.amazon.com.