During September, we observe both Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month and Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Thousands of women across America suffer from these types of cancers, so this month of awareness is paramount to spreading knowledge on the causes, symptoms and treatment of these cancers. Our cancer centers in Las Vegas work hard to teach our patients about their risk and to spread their knowledge to family members and friends. Learn all about some warning signs of gynecologic cancers to help yourself or a friend.
There are five types of gynecologic cancers that affect women’s health: Cervical, Ovarian, Uterine, Vaginal and Vulvar. Each of these cancers has its own warning signs and symptoms, although some symptoms overlap. There is only a required screening for cervical cancer, so most of the time, it is up to you as the patient to notice any symptoms.
All women are at risk for gynecologic cancers, and that risk increases with age. The best thing you can do is pay attention to your body. Know what is normal for your body’s natural cycle. Visit with your gynecologist annually for an exam. And be sure to speak up and ask questions if you notice anything out of the ordinary.
Some Warning Signs for Gynecologic Cancers
Although every patient is different, there are still universal warning signs that should be evaluated. Contact your doctor, or ask questions if you have any of these symptoms:
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding (especially after menopause)
- Abnormal vaginal discharge
- Pelvic pain or pressure
- Abdominal or back pain
- Unusual bloating
- Changes in bathroom habits
There are also small warning signs that might be dangerous if ignored. If you notice any unexpected weight gain or loss or sudden loss of appetite, speak with your doctor. Again, you know what is “normal” for your body. Ask questions and seek assistance if anything seems out of the ordinary. It’s better to address any issues early on, rather than wait.
Consult Nevada Surgery and Cancer Care
At Nevada Surgery and Cancer Care, we work passionately to treat gynecologic and colon cancers. If you feel concerned about any aspect of your health, contact us for a consultation. We offer genetic testing and cancer screenings to catch any traits early on.