Women can lower their risk for gynecologic cancers
An article published in Science Daily on 9/16/2013 states that women can lower their risk for gynecologic cancers. They gave the following four recommendations:
- Know your family history. Some breast and ovarian cancers as well as some colon and uterine cancers are genetic. Seeing a genetic counselor may help you develop screening and risk-reducing steps that may save your life.
- Watch your weight. Uterine cancer is the most common gynecologic cancer. Being overweight is directly linked to both the risk of it and to the success of its treatment.
- Vaccinate. If you are younger than 26 please consider being vaccinated with one of the 2 HPV vaccines available today. They have been shown to significantly reduce your risk of HPV which is known to cause cervical cancer.
- Seek a specialist. If you do develop a gynecologic cancer, being treated by a gynecologic Oncologist improves your chance of survival.