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Fatal Female Cancers

Gynecologic cancer encompass all cancers of the female reproductive system: the cervix, ovaries, uterus, vagina, and vulva. While compared to other types like breast or colon cancer, gynecologic cancers aren’t that common. They were projected to occur in 106,000 women in the United States in 2023, with nearly a third of victims dying from them. Still, all women are at risk of developing gynecologic cancers, which increases with age.

Five Major Kinds

The five major categories include:

  • Cervical cancer. Infection of the cervix with human papillomavirus (HPV) is almost always the cause. This is why women should have regular tests to detect HPV or abnormal cells in the cervix.
  • Ovarian cancer. There are three types of ovarian cancer: 1) ovarian epithelial cancer, which begins in the tissue covering the ovary, lining of the fallopian tube, or the peritoneum; 2) ovarian germ cell tumors, which start in the egg or germ cells, 3) ovarian low malignant potential tumors, which begin in the tissue covering the ovary.
  • Uterine (endometrial) cancer. This cancer forms in the tissue of the endometrium, the lining of the uterus. The risks are increased by obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
  • Vaginal cancer. The two main types are 1) squamous cell carcinoma, 2) adenocarcinoma. The latter is more likely to spread to the lungs and lymph nodes.
  • Vulvar cancer. This kind forms in the external genitalia, most often affecting the outer vaginal lips. Abnormal cells can grow on the surface of the vulvar skin for a long time, a condition known as vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia (VIN). Because VIN can become vulvar cancer, it is important to get treatment.

Talk with Your Doctor

Go get checked. Talk with your primary care provider about screening tests that can detect any potential problems. Also, if you have a loved one or friend who is suffering from a form of gynecological cancer, consider organizing an event or fundraiser to help attack this dreaded disease.

You may also want to consider donating to our Good Samaritan Cancer Fund, which helps patients who are struggling to pay for their medication, transportation to appointments, hotel stays for long visits, and other costs.

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