|Cancer in women
The American Medical Association recommends regular checkups by your doctor to detect cancer in its early stages, when chances of a cure are best. There are three things you can do to help ensure good breast health: monthly breast self-exams, clinical examinations, and regular mammograms.
Any sexual intercourse can increase your risk for cervical cancer, a common female cancer that affects the cervix (SIR-vicks). Other risk factors include sexual activity that begins in the early teens, multiple partners, certain types of human papilloma (pap-ih-LOE-muh) virus or genital warts, smoking, and possibly herpes.
The uterus or womb is a hollow, pear-shaped organ located in a woman's abdomen, between the bladder and rectum. Because most uterine cancers occur in the inner layer known as the endometrium (en-doe- MEE-tree-um), cancer of the uterus is often called endometrial cancer.
Ovarian cancer is hard to detect because it's usually unnoticeable until it has spread beyond the ovary. The ovaries are located in a woman's abdomen, one on each side of the uterus.
The uterus or womb is a hollow, pear-shaped organ located in a woman's abdomen, between the bladder and rectum. Because most uterine cancers occur in the inner layer known as the endometrium (en-doe-MEE-tree-um), cancer of the uterus is often called endometrial cancer.
Vaginal (VAJ-in-al) cancer is a disease most common among women between the ages of 50 and 70 years old. It may be the result of endometrial (en-doe-MEE-tree-ul) cancer or a type of mole called a chorio-carcinoma (KORE-ee-oh car-sih-NOE-mah) which has spread from the uterus, or cervical cancer that has advanced.
The vulva is the external female genital system leading to the vagina. It is located under the triangle of hair which covers the midline pubic bone. Vulva cancer usually starts as a small, hard knot on the skin which turns into a raised ulcer.
|Women's cancer screening
Women's cancer screening is an essential tool for early detection in all women who otherwise have no symptoms, or don't recognize the symptoms as being related to cancer.