Early Signs of Gynecologic Cancer
Your best defense against gynecologic cancer starts with detecting the early signs.
The American Cancer Society estimates that more than half of all cancer deaths could be prevented if people adopted cancer prevention measures, including receiving routine check-ups, living a healthy lifestyle and having an awareness of the early signs of cancer. Cancer can be discovered early or prevented altogether through periodic check-ups and screening procedures.
Am I at risk for gynecologic cancer?
- Yes. If you are a woman, you are at risk for developing a gynecologic cancer, and your risk increases with age.
- Yes. Don’t ignore changes in your body – talk with your doctor immediately. Each gynecologic cancer has its own general risk factors and may impact every woman in a different way. Your cancer treatment will be most effective when your gynecologic cancer is found early.
What are my risk factors?
- A family history of breast, ovarian or colon cancer
- A diagnosis of other cancers like colon, rectal or breast cancer
- Being a post-menopausal woman
- Being obese
- Beginning menstruation at an early age
- Never having been pregnant
- Experiencing endometrial hyperplasia and cervical dysplasia