Gynecologic Cancer (Women) - Cancer Education Series HL#14
The women who participated were very pleased with the results and with what they learned
1. Cervical Cancer Cells in the cervix become abnormal & multiply out of control.
Risk Factors for Cervical Cancer
- #1: Human Papilloma Virus (HPV); #2 Risk Factor - Multiple Sexual Partners
- HPV is a sexually transmitted disease (STD).
- Women often do not realize they are infected with HPV.
- HPV, causes genital warts; may produce a foul odor
- Damage the cervical cells; lead to unregulated growth of abnormal cells.
- Prevention - Annual Pap Test; Do Not Smoke; Avoid multiple sexual partners; use condoms
2. Endometrial / Uterine Cancer – Defined- Abnormal cellular growth of the Endometrium (tissue that lines a woman's uterus) - Normally shed each month during Menstrual Cycle
- Most commonly diagnosed in post-menopausal women
- 95% of cases occur in women 40 years of age or older. Young Women Get Endometrial Cancer
- 40K Women Diagnosed Yearly in USA - Risk Factor : Obesity, Long-term use of ERT, early menses and late menopause.
Look up Endometrial Cancer at this link: www.cancer.org
3. Ovarian Cancer – involves abnormal cell growth that begins in the ovaries
Ovarian is divided into three types: Epithelial tumors, Germ cell tumors & Sex-Cord Stromal
Genetic Factors are Suspected in Ovarian Cancer
- BRCA 1 & BRCA 2 (that increase risks) run in families; other risk factors seem to be in:
- Women who have never been pregnant
- Women who had early menstrual cycle & late onset of menopause
Contact Information for Yale: Yale Cancer Center – 866 – Yale Cancer;
Web site: yalecancercenter.org. Patient Care Coordinator (203) 785-2328
Medical Oncology (203) 785-4191; Genetic Counseling (203) 764- 8400
American Cancer Society - 1·800·ACS·2345 - www.cancer.org
For More General Cancer Resources go to: http://www.cancerindex.org/clinks3g.htm
Visit these sites for more detailed info. on Cervical, Endometrial/Uterine, and Ovarian Cancers
This product was added to our catalog on Friday 11 September, 2009.