SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Foundation for Women’s Cancers has designated September Gynecologic Cancer Awareness month.
30,000 women die from gynecologic cancers every year and some of those deaths could have been avoided, by simply visiting your doctor.
“A lot of cancers can’t be detected unless on exam or ultrasound and I think regular gynecological care is essential,” Dr. Wool of Women’s Health Associates in Springfield, told 22News.
A paps smear can find pre-cancerous changes in the cervix, which can help detect the disease early, and treat it more aggressively.
Whitney Serrano of West Springfield, told 22News she hears a lot about Breast cancer, but, not so much about gynecological cancers.
“You see, like, runs and walks about breast cancer. You don’t see anything for the other types of cancers, there’s nothing for them.”
Dr. Wool told 22News All women are affected by gynecological cancers, regardless of race.
Routine pap smear tests are the most reliable and effective cancer screening tests available, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
You can lower your risk for developing gynecological cancers by making healthy lifestyle choices, such as, eating healthy, exercising, not smoking and practicing safe sex.