What can you do to protect yourself?
EVERY 7 MINUTES A WOMAN IN AMERICA IS DIAGNOSED WITH A CANCER OF HER REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM.
You can beat the odds of developing and surviving a gynecologic cancer by taking these specific steps:
- Ask questions and learn about the symptoms of reproductive cancers.
- Make an annual appointment for a gynecologic exam and Pap Test.
- Get routine mammograms to monitor the genetic link between breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Breast cancer in you or a family member increases your risk of ovarian cancer.
- Early vaccination (between the ages of 9 and 26) with Gardasil® to protect against certain types of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) that can cause cervical cancer and genital warts.
- Visit a doctor if you have gynecologic symptoms that persist or come and go frequently for at least two weeks.
- Know your family history. Tell your doctor if you have a personal or family history of any cancer, but specifically ovarian, breast, colon, or pancreatic cancers.
- Trust your instincts. Know your body so you can sense when something isn’t right. Continue to ask questions until you get answers.