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There might be a lot you don't know about gynecologic cancers.

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  1. What is a gynecologic cancer?
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    A cancer affecting any part of female reproductive organs (such as vaginal, cervical, uterine, vulvar, or ovarian)
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    A cancer affecting the vagina only
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    Vaginal, vulvar, cervical, uterine, and ovarian are all gynecologic cancers.

    Gynecologic cancer is any cancer that starts in a woman’s reproductive organs.

  2. Who is at risk for developing a gynecologic cancer?
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    Anyone who has female reproductive organs
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    Only people who have a hereditary risk for cancer
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    Only people who don't get regular gynecologic exams
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    Anyone who has female reproductive organs, regardless of gender, is at risk.

    There is no way to know who will get a gynecologic cancer. Each type of gynecologic cancer has different risk factors, and risk increases with age.

  3. Which of these may reduce your risk for gynecologic cancer?
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    Get the HPV vaccine if you are in the age group for whom it's recommended
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    Get regular Pap tests
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    Get the HPV test, if your health care provider recommends it
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    Make healthy lifestyle choices, like maintaining a healthy weight, eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and exercising regularly
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    All of the above
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    Each of these things can help reduce your risk.

    While there is no way to prevent all types of gynecologic cancer, each of these things may help reduce your risk. Speak with your health care provider about what you can do to reduce your risk for gynecologic cancer.

  4. The Pap test is recommended to screen for which of these cancers?
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    Cervical cancer
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    Uterine cancer
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    Ovarian cancer
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    Vaginal cancer
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    All gynecologic cancers
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    The Pap test only screens for cervical cancer.

    The Pap test helps find pre-cancers on the cervix so they can be treated. In this way, cervical cancer can be prevented. The Pap test also finds cervical cancer early, when treatment works best. How often you should get a Pap test depends on your previous test results and age.

  5. What can you do if you have a family history of ovarian or breast cancer?
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    Learn the signs and symptoms of both cancers so you can be aware of them
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    Tell your health care provider so you can see if you need to be checked for these diseases
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    Talk to your health care provider about whether you might benefit from genetic counseling to learn more about your risk
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    All of the above
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    All of the above.

    Most women diagnosed with ovarian or breast cancers do not have a family history of either disease. However, if you have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, your health care provider may recommend genetic counseling and testing. It is useful for a small percentage of women who have a family history of these cancers.

  6. Which of these are symptoms of gynecologic cancers?
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    Abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge
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    Pelvic pain or pressure
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    Abdominal or back pain
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    Bloating
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    Feeling full too fast or having trouble eating
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    Having to urinate more often and more urgently
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    Itching, burning, or tenderness of the vulva
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    Changes in vulva color or skin
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    All of the above
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    All of these are symptoms of gynecologic cancer.

    Each of these may be a symptom of gynecologic cancer. Signs and symptoms are not the same for everyone and each gynecologic cancer (cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar) has its own signs and symptoms. But don't worry if you're feeling bloated right before your period or after you eat a large meal. It's more important to notice if you're feeling bloated for no particular reason and it lasts for two weeks or longer. Pay attention to your body so you can recognize symptoms that are not normal for you. And, if you have unusual bleeding, see a doctor right away. You should also visit your doctor if you have other symptoms that persist for two weeks or longer. It may be nothing, but find out for sure.

  7. It is normal to have some vaginal bleeding or spotting after you’ve gone through menopause.
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    True
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    False
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    False.

    Any vaginal bleeding after menopause needs to be reported to your doctor. If you have not yet gone through menopause but notice that your periods are heavier or last longer than normal for you, or if you’re having unusual bleeding between periods, talk to your doctor.

All facts from the CDC and its on-site quiz. Quiz imagery courtesy of iStock.

 
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