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Women's Health and Cervical Cancer: What Women Need to Know

(CTN News) _ Cervical Cancer Women, or those who have wives, daughters, mothers, or sisters – you should hear this.

Among white and black women in the United States, advanced-stage on the rise, according to a recent study published in the International Journal of Gynecological Cancer.

Dr. Amanda Ramos, gynecological oncologist at Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at The Hospital of Central Connecticut, observes that more women are coming to her with advanced cervical cancers.

During COVID, there was a decrease in pap smears, and patients did not have good access to screening.”

What are the signs of cervical cancer?

The following are some indicators of cervical cancer:

  • Vaginal bleeding between periods.
  • Bleeding after menopause.
  • Persistent pelvic and/or back pain.
  • Pain or bleeding after intercourse.
  • Vaginal discharge.

How can cervical cancer be detected?

Approximately 98% of cervical cancers are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), so getting the HPV vaccine is one of the best ways to protect yourself from cervical cancer, according to Ramos.

When it comes to detecting cervical cancer, she advises that you schedule a pelvic exam and routine pap smear with your gynecologist once a year.

What other cancers affect women’s reproductive organs?

There are other types of cancer that affect women’s reproductive organs, such as:

  • Ovarian cancer: Forms in the ovaries
  • Uterine cancer: Found in the lining and muscle layer of the uterus
  • Vaginal cancer: Usually forms in lining of the vagina

Who is most at risk?

Ramos says the average age of diagnosis is in the 60s among women.

“Talking to your doctor about screening is important. Listening to your body is also important.”

Any symptoms of gynecological cancer, such as bleeding, pain, or change in bowel habits, indicate something may be wrong.

“The sooner it’s detected, the better.”

Consult a cancer specialist

As a charter member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance, Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute provides innovative cancer care in a community setting.

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Salman Ahmad is a seasoned writer for CTN News, bringing a wealth of experience and expertise to the platform. With a knack for concise yet impactful storytelling, he crafts articles that captivate readers and provide valuable insights. Ahmad's writing style strikes a balance between casual and professional, making complex topics accessible without compromising depth.

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