It’s gynecological cancer awareness month

Listen to your body. It could save your life.

woman on beachLet’s start with the scary statistic. Ready? Here goes. The American Cancer Society estimates there will be about 91,730 new cases diagnosed and approximately 28,080 deaths from gynecological cancers in the U.S. in 2013. This includes cervical, ovarian, uterine, and vaginal/vulvar cancers. And unlike breast cancer, there’s very little public awareness as to the symptoms of gynecological cancers.

Now the good news…

You aren’t powerless to gynecological cancers! By knowing the symptoms, you can detect gynecological cancers early when treatment is more likely to be successful and a complete cure is a possibility.

  • Cervical cancer symptoms
    • Bleeding after intercourse
    • Excessive discharge and abnormal bleeding between periods
    • NOTE: Most women will have no symptoms making vaccination and regular Pap test plus HPV test, when recommended, key to preventing cervical cancer.
  • Ovarian cancer symptoms
    • Bloating
    • Pelvic or abdominal pain
    • Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
    • Urinary symptoms—urgency or frequency
    • NOTE: Women who have these symptoms almost daily for more than a few weeks should see their doctor, preferably a gynecologist. Prompt medical evaluation may lead to early detection.
  • Uterine cancer symptoms
    • Abnormal vaginal bleeding; younger women should note irregular or heavy vaginal bleeding
    • Bleeding after menopause. Even brown spotting or a single spot of blood from the vagina is abnormal after menopause and should lead to a prompt gynecologic evaluation.
  • Vaginal cancer symptoms
    • Bleeding
    • Pain
    • Problems with urination or bowel movements
  • Vulvar cancer symptoms
    • Itching
    • Burning
    • Bleeding
    • Pain
    • New lump or ulcer in the genital area

Act now!

If you have a symptom you’re concerned about, don’t wait around hoping it will eventually go away. Please call (513) 475-UC4U to schedule an appointment with one of our gynecologic oncologists.

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