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?
If you are a woman, you are at risk for developing a gynecologic cancer, and your risk increases with age. 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.
- 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