Experts have warned that a generation of women risk dying of embarrassment, because they are ignoring the symptoms of gynaecological cancers. A survey by the charity, The Eve Appeal, reveals one in five women believe the five cancers – womb, ovarian, cervical, vulval and vaginal cancers – are linked to sexual promiscuity.
The research shows 40 per cent of women felt there was a greater stigma around gynecological cancers than other forms of the disease. One in four of the respondents said they were put off talking to their doctor because they didn’t want to discuss their sexual history. Here are five different gynaecological cancers, and how to spot the signs and symptoms…
This form of the disease is often referred to as cancer of the uterus, endometrial cancer or uterine cancer. If womb cancer is caught in the early stages it is almost always curable, so it is vital that women know the symptoms to look for, and feel confident discussing them.
Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cause of cancer death in women and accounts for more deaths than all of the other gynaecological cancers combined. Take a look at its symptoms…
Cancer of the cervix – the neck of the womb – affects women of all ages, but is most common in those aged 30 to 45 years old. The disease is largely preventable, with screening programmes where women have regular smear tests, detecting pre-cancerous cell, which indicate an increased risk of cancer if they remain untreated. Take a look at its symptoms…
Vulvar cancer is one of the rarest forms of the disease. Eighty per cent of those are in women aged over 60, while the pre-cancerous form of the condition – vulval intraepithelial neoplasia – tends to be diagnosed in those aged 30 to 50. Symptoms of vulval cancer include:
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