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Cervical Cancer Month
Cancer is a disease in which cells in the body grow out of control. When cancer starts in a woman’s reproductive organs it is called gynecologic cancer. The five main types of gynecologic cancer are cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal and vulvar.
Of all the gynecologic cancers only cervical cancer has screening tests that can find this cancer early, when treatment can be most effective. Since there is no simple and reliable way to screen for any gynecologic cancers except cervical cancer, it is especially important to recognize warning signs, and learn if there are things you can do to reduce your risk.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
There is no way to know for sure if you will get a gynecologic cancer. That’s why it is important to pay attention to your body and know what is normal for you, so you can recognize the warning signs or symptoms of gynecologic cancer.
If you have vaginal bleeding that is unusual for you, talk to a doctor right away. Any vaginal bleeding after menopause needs to be reported to your doctor. If you have not gone through menopause but notice that your periods are heavier, last longer than normal for you, or if you’re having unusual bleeding between periods, talk to your doctor.
You should also see a doctor if you have any other warning signs that last for two weeks or longer and are not normal for you. Symptoms may be caused by something other than cancer, but the only way to know is to see a doctor. Signs and symptoms are not the same for everyone and each gynecologic cancer has its own signs and symptom.
Center for Disease Control