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 their health:
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.