Not long ago, cervical cancer was one of the biggest threat to women’s health — but prevention and treatments have helped drop cervical cancer deaths significantly. Even so, the American Cancer Society notes in 2018 alone, there will be roughly 13,240 new cases of this cancer diagnosed — and it’s estimated that 4,170 women will die.
If you’re a woman between the ages of 35 and 44, make sure you’re getting regular Pap tests. And it’s wise to eat the right foods that can help promote good cervix health at any age. Here are the foods you should be eating to lower your risk of this deadly cancer.
When it comes to protecting your cervix, orange and yellow-colored fruits and veggies should definitely be in your diet. Lifehack explains these foods, such as carrots, contain beta-carotene and carotenoids that help fight damage from carcinogens. Carotenoids are a source of vitamin A, Everyday Health reminds us, and they can make a huge difference here. Try eating carrots raw, adding them to a stew, or roasting them as a side dish.
Not only are avocados a great source of healthy fats, but they’re also rich in folate. Everyday Health explains research suggests folate, a form of vitamin B, may help reduce the risk of developing cervical cancer in those who have HPV. More testing is needed to confirm some theories regarding folate and cervical cancer, but even so, avocados are incredibly nutritious.