Support Gynecologic Cancer Awareness this September

Posted on: September 11, 2015

Fight Girl Gyn Cancer September is a month that we recognize as Gynecologic Cancer Awareness month. We’ve committed to #TurnSeptemberTeal and also recognize the other gynecologic cancer survivors this month. While some are more rare than others, they still should get adequate recognition. Feel free to share these photos on your profiles to show support of those you know who’ve battled the diseases. Gyn Cancers darkskin Vulvar Fight Vulvar cancer is a rare cancer, primarily a disease of elderly women. Vaginal Fight There are two main types of vaginal cancer:
  • Squamous cell carcinoma: Cancer that forms in squamous cells, the thin, flat cells lining the vagina. Squamous cell vaginal cancer spreads slowly and usually stays near the vagina, but may spread to the lungs and liver. This is the most common type of vaginal cancer. It is found most often in women aged 60 or older.
  • Adenocarcinoma: Cancer that begins in glandular (secretory) cells. Glandular cells in the lining of the vagina make and release fluids such as mucus. Adenocarcinoma is more likely than squamous cell cancer to spread to the lungs and lymph nodes. It is found most often in women aged 30 or younger.
Uterine Fight It is estimated that 12,900 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with uterine cancer in 2015. Uterine cancer is the fourth most common cancer and the eighth most common cause of cancer death for women in the United States.The 5- and 10-year relative survival rates for uterine cancer are 82% and 79%, respectively. Cervical Fight copy Studies have found a number of factors that may increase the risk of cervical cancer.
  • HPV infection: HPV is a group of viruses that can infect the cervix. An HPV infection that doesn’t go away can cause cervical cancer in some women. HPV is the cause of nearly all cervical cancers. HPV infections are very common. These viruses are passed from person to person through sexual contact. Most adults have been infected with HPV at some time in their lives, but most infections clear up on their own. Some types of HPV can cause changes to cells in the cervix. If these changes are found early, cervical cancer can be prevented by removing or killing the changed cells before they can become cancer cells.
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