Learn, Listen, Act
It is important to learn about the risk factors and symptoms of gynecologic cancers. You should always listen to your body for symptoms. And always act to reduce your risk and take preventive steps. Seek care from a gynecologic oncologist if you suspect or have been diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer.
Learn - It is preventable and most often caused by Human Papilloma Virus.
Listen - Most often there are no symptoms. Watch for bleeding after intercourse or excessive discharge or bleeding between periods.
Act - Get vaccinated for the HPV virus before you become sexually active. Get Pap tests regularly when recommended and stop smoking.
Learn - It is the most common gynecologic cancer. It usually occurs around the time of menopause, but younger women are also at risk. Know your family history of endometrial or colon cancer. Taking Estrogen alone or use of tamoxifen could be a possible risk factor.
Listen - Listen to your body for these symptoms: bleeding after menopause, abnormal, irregular or very heavy vaginal bleeding in younger women
Act - If you have these symptoms and an endometrial biopsy result is positive, seek care from a gynecologic oncologist. Reduce your risk by managing your weight, keep blood pressure and blood sugar under control.
Learn - One in 71 women will develop ovarian cancer. Learn your individual risk for ovarian cancer, as there is no screening for it and only 15% are detected at the earliest most curable stage.
Listen - If you have these symptoms almost daily for more than a few weeks, and they are persistent and unusual for you report them to your physician. Symptoms include bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly, urinary urgency or frequency symptoms.
Act - Because there is no definitive screening, women need to know their risks and listen to their bodies for symptoms. Ask your doctor to consider ovarian cancer as a possible cause of these symptoms, even though it is unlikely that you have ovarian cancer. If after any tests, ovarian cancer is suspected, seek care from a gynecologic oncologist.
All content is provided by the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists