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September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month

Gynecologic cancers are different for everyone, so it is important to pay attention to your body, recognize any symptoms that are abnormal for your particular circumstance, and speak to a health care provider immediately if you become aware of any warning signs. 

Gynecologic cancers include:

  • Cervical cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Uterine/endometrial cancer
  • Vaginal cancer
  • Vulvar cancer

Symptoms include:

  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge which is common on all gynecologic cancers except vulvar cancer.
  • Feeling full too quickly or difficulty eating, bloating, and abdominal back pain are common only for ovarian cancer.
  • Pelvic pain or pressure is common for ovarian and uterine cancers.
  • More frequent or urgent need to urinate and/or constipation.
  • Itching, burning, pain and tenderness of the vulva, and/or changes in vulva color or skin such as a rash, sores, or warts. 

If you experience vaginal bleeding that is unusual, speak to your doctor immediately, especially for any vaginal bleeding that takes place after menopause. For women who have not gone through menopause, talk to your health care provider if you notice unusual bleeding between periods, heavier bleeding during your monthly cycle, or periods lasting longer than normal. If warning signs last longer than two weeks, schedule an appointment with your health care provider immediately. 

If you experience any of these symptoms, or have questions, contact your gynecologist and schedule an appointment. 

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