Gynecologic cancers are the fourth most common type of cancer in women. While there is no guaranteed way to prevent these types of cancers, there are steps you can take to reduce your risks.
As with most cancers, it is important to know your family history of gynecologic cancers. By sharing this information with your doctor, you and your doctor can determine which types of self-examinations you should be performing and which types of screening tests you should have. It is especially important to adhere to a schedule of annual gynecologic exams, including the PAP test.
It is also important to know the warning signs for gynecologic cancers. Being attuned to the warning signs of gynecologic cancers is one way to detect these cancers in their early stages, when they are most successfully treated.
There are many warning signs of gynecologic cancers. If you experience any of these warning signs, see your doctor right away:
Recent scientific research has yielded further clues about preventing or reducing your risk for certain types of gynecologic cancers.