January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. It’s important to understand your risk and be aware of the symptoms of cervical cancer (http://1.usa.gov/1itqvvI). It’s also important to maintain a diet rich in fruits and vegetables as studies have found that women who had a healthier diet before being diagnosed with cervical or other cancers had better outcomes than those with a poor diet before diagnosis (http://1.usa.gov/203LIxr).
Women going through treatment for gynecologic cancers often have surgery to remove a tumor or cancerous area. This can often mean pain in the lower abdomen, and can cause swelling and discomfort in the digestive tract. For this reason, it’s important to eat foods that are gentle on the body after an operation. These foods often seem counterintuitive to a healthy diet, but at this time, bland, easy to digest foods are just what your body needs. Check out our slideshow below for some healing ideas.