How can I be proactive to support Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month?
This September, with the leadership from Foundation for Women’s Cancer,
we are offering steps every woman can take to manage her risk for gynecologic
cancer and learn the warning signs to ensure an early diagnosis. We ask
that you follow these three steps:
Learn – about the risk factors and symptoms of gynecologic cancer
Listen – to your body
Act – to reduce your risk and take preventive steps, seek care first from a
gynecologist oncologist if you suspect or have been diagnosed with gynecologic cancer.
How can I start reducing my risk for gynecologic cancer?
Every woman is at risk for developing gynecologic cancer, so it is important
do regular self-examinations and screenings to help in the early detection
of certain types of gynecologic cancers.
Additionally, women should be mindful of their diet, exercise and lifestyle
choices as they play a vital role in the prevention of gynecologic cancer.
Maintaining a healthy diet is a crucial part of being proactive with your
health and eating specific foods can help reduce your risk of developing
cancer. The Foundation for Women's Cancer is featuring two important
tools this year for mananging weight:
Obesity Toolkit from Society of Gynecologic Oncology
- Patient's Guide to Losing Weight to Reduce Risk of Endometrial Cancer
Finally, women should become familiar with their family history since this
knowledge can increase the chance of prevention or early diagnosis. It
is important to do an assessment of your health, including details on
previous surgeries, medication and exercise routines, as well as ask your
immediate relatives about cancer diagnosis’ in the family so you
can become more aware about your risks.
Where can I learn more about gynecologic cancer?
If you would like additional information about the types of gynecologic
cancer and other ways to get informed and involved this September, please visit