Cancer Resources The more you know, the safer you are
Five main types of cancer affect a woman’s reproductive organs: cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar. As a group, they are referred to as gynecologic cancers. Each gynecologic cancer is unique, with different signs, symptoms, and risk factors (things that may increase your chance of getting cancer).
All women are at risk for gynecologic cancers, and risk increases with age. You can lower your risk for some of these cancers. When gynecologic cancers are found early, treatment works best.
Consultation with a gynecologist can have a significant impact on the ultimate course of breast cancer treatment. Statistics have demonstrated that women who are consulted and treated by general surgeons only twice as likely (97% from 43%) to undergo mastectomy rather than breast conserving surgery.
There has been tremendous progress in the detection of many types of cancer, and the treatment of them is much improved over what it used to be. If we find abnormal results from a physical exam, certain tests may be recommended including a blood test, ultrasound or mammogram.
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