Gynecologic cancer is any cancer that starts in a woman’s reproductive organs. Cancer is always named for the part of the body where it starts. Gynecologic cancers begin in different places within a woman’s pelvis, which is the area below the stomach and in between the hip bones.
The five main types of gynecologic cancer are:
Each gynecologic cancer is unique, with different risk factors. However, all women are at risk for gynecologic cancers, and risk increases with age. Treatment works best when gynecologic cancers are found early.
Cervical cancer is the easiest gynecologic cancer to prevent, with regular screening tests and follow-up. Two screening tests can help prevent cervical cancer or find it early—
Best Chance Network is a breast and cervical cancer screening program offered through a grant from the American Cancer Society and provides the following at no cost to you.
The Best Chance Network provides breast and cervical cancer screenings to women in South Carolina who are between the ages of 30 and 64 and are medically underserved. Click here for more information and guidelines. To sign up for a free screening, call (864) 455-2476.
Doctors remove cancer tissue in an operation.
Using special medicines to shrink or kill the cancer. The drugs can be pills you take or medicines given in your veins, or sometimes both.
Using high-energy rays (similar to X-rays) to kill the cancer.