September Is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month
September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month and that's a big deal. The CDC reports that in the United States alone,...
September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month and that's a big deal. The CDC reports that in the United States alone, around 80,976 women were diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer, and 27,739 died from a gynecologic cancer. That said, not enough women actually get checked out, so awareness matters. Catching a gynecologic cancer early can protect your future reproductive health and may even mean the difference between being able to find a viable treatment vs. not. Luckily, the CDC offers plenty of valuable information and educational materials so that women can learn more about the five main gynecologic cancers (cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar). Resources you need!: Download various fact sheets about the different gynecologic cancers or get a handy Symptoms Diary Wallet Card (pdf), an awesome carry-around card that includes a comprehensive brochure plus tracker that allows you to track symptoms. Getting timely health care checks is one of the best way to prevent advanced gynecologic cancers from happening. If you're currently without health care or can't afford an appointment, then you can locate a free or low-cost cervical cancer screening, via CDC's National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP). NBCCEDP provides the following services to low-income, uninsured, and underinsured women across the United States:
- Clinical breast examinations.
- Pap tests.
- Pelvic examinations.
- Diagnostic testing if results are abnormal.
- Referrals to treatment.