CHICAGOEvery hour, approximately 10 women in the United States
will be diagnosed with a cancer of the reproductive
organsovarian, cervical, uterine, vaginal, vulvar, or tubal
cancer. In response to this sobering statistic, the Gynecologic
Cancer Foundation is educating women on the importance of early
detection and prevention throughout Gynecologic Cancer Awareness
Month (GCAM) in September.
The acronym GCAM translates into four steps women can take to protect
GGet to know your family history.
CConduct an online cancer risk assessment at www.wcn.org,
the website of the Womens Cancer Network.
AAsk questions; educate yourself about gynecologic cancer.
MMake an appointment for your annual gynecologic exam
and Pap test.
More than 80,000 womenmothers, grandmothers, wives,
daughters, sisters, and significant othersare diagnosed with a
gynecologic cancer each year, Beth Karlan, MD, director,
Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los
Angeles, said in a press release. In other words, approximately
one in every 20 women in the United States will be told they have a
gynecologic cancer at sometime in their lives.