Gynecologic Cancer begins in a woman’s reproductive organs and genitals. Cancers are always named based on the part of the body where it starts. These cancers begin in various places, such as a woman’s pelvis. Gynecologic cancer includes cancers in different organs like the vulva, vagina, cervix, uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes.
There are different types of gynecologic cancer. Each has its own risk factors and causes.
Few Gynecologic Cancers:
Uterine Cancer(Common Cancer): It is quite commonly seen in many women. According to an American cancer society survey, it declared that around 50,000 New cases of uterus cancer were diagnosed in 2013. It’s vital to know the signs of this Gynecologic cancer.
Symptoms of Uterine Cancer include:
- Irregular vaginal bleeding Postmenopause and even before Menopause.
- Pelvic Pain.
- Feeling a Lump.
- Abnormal Discharge.
- Exotic Weight Loss.
There are no screening tests for this type of cancer but can be identified most of this type of gynecologic cancer in the early stage. Doing Exercise regularly, Maintaining a healthy diet and weight can lower the risks.
Ovarian Cancer: It usually starts on the surface of the ovary. As per the American Cancer Society reports, this type of cancer is more common in Caucasian women than in African-American women.
- Abdominal or pelvic pain
- Complications while Eating or sensation of feeling full quickly
- Urinary Symptoms
If the above symptoms persist a week or even more, Consult a London Gynaecologist.
Usually, screening checks are carried out to identify cervical cancer at its earliest stage. One of the High reasons for this type of cancer is contamination from the virus Human Papillomavirus(HPV). This infection is very common and spread through sexual contact. Many may not recognize that they have HPV as it doesn’t cause and symptoms. Cervical cancer is the Only type of gynecologic cancer detected with regular screening or PAP test.
PAP Test: As Mentioned above, Cervical cancer can be detected early through this screening. This test helps in prevention by finding precancers and cell changes on the cervix, which may become cervical cancer if not treated properly.
HPV Test: This is a test that finds HPV infection. It is used for women aged 30years and above.
Few Steps to reduce the risk of Gynecology Cancer:
- Follow Healthy habits such as,
- Try to reduce Human Papillomavirus risk. – Reach your doctor for the prevention of HPV.
- Quit Smoking.
- Maintain a Healthy Diet.
- Exercise regularly.
- Intake More Fruits.
Many women with Cervical precancerous lesions report no symptoms. So it’s advisable to go for regular screenings before presenting symptoms.
If the risk of gynecologic cancer like ovarian cancer is High, Consult a doctor about surgery to remove ovaries.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms as discussed above and looking for treatment, you can consult with Dr Sarah Hussain, the leading Female Gynaecologist in London. Request a call for treatment.