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Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month!

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This September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month. It is one of the leading causes of cancer in women, affecting approximately one in every 20 women. Gynecologic Cancer can consists of any type of cancer that affects the reproductive system which include the following:

Some of these particular types of cancer may develop from a sexually transmitted virus known as the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). HPV has been known to be the leading cause of Cervical, Vulvar and Vaginal cancers. Today, there is a vaccine available to protect against this virus. It is highly recommended that females and males between the ages of  11 and 12 receive the vaccination. In addition, it can also be given to males or females at the age of 13-26. However, if you or a loved one think that you may be at risk, early detection is the key. Screening is what occurs when the doctors are trying to see if you have been affected by the virus/cancer BEFORE any symptoms appear. On the other hand, diagnostic tests are used when a person has began showing symptoms already. Please view the following articles:

If a female has a problem in one of these areas, then she should visit a Gynecologic Oncology specialist, which is a doctor who specializes in cancer of the women's reproductive system. Treatment for these cancers, depending on what stage the cancer is in, may involve surgery followed by chemotherapy or radiation therapy.



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