Sep 3

September is Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month


Teal may be a nice color, but gynecological cancer is certainly not. September is Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month. Accounting for 19% of estimated new cancer cases each year, gynecological cancers include cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar cancers. While uterine cancer is the most commonly diagnosed of these, ovarian cancer is the most deadly, accounting for nearly 3% of cancers in women, and is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women.

Here are a few things you can do that may help lower your chance of getting gynecological cancers or help detect them early, when treatment can be most effective.

–          Pay attention to your body and know what is normal for you- If you notice any unusual symptoms, talk to your doctors right away.

–          Make healthy lifestyle choices– Work on your overall health; eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, exercise regularly, maintain a healthy weight, and avoid smoking.

–          Know your family history

–          Get the HPV vaccine – HPV-16 and -18 are responsible for approximately 70% of invasive cervical cancers worldwide. The vaccine protects against the types of HPV that often cause cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancers. It is nearly 100% effective against HPV types 16 and 18.  It is most effective when taken at age 9 to 21 .

–          Get regular Pap tests (or Pap smears) – Pap tests can find precancerous changes on the cervix that can be treated and prevent potential cervical cancer. A Pap smear every two years can prevent the most common form of cervical cancer in up to 90% of cases.

–          Annual trans vaginal ultrasounds- trans vaginal ultrasounds can help detect uterine cancer early.

LHA’s gynecology experts are specialized in prevention and early detection. To find out what you can do today to protect yourself, call LHA on 16436 and book a consultation with our gynecology experts.

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