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Five Things Your Daughter Needs to Know About Gynecologic Cancers

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Three generations of womenSeptember is National Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month.

 

Ellen M. Hartenbach, MD, associate professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and head of the Gynecologic Oncology Research Program at the UW Carbone Cancer Center shares the top five things your daughter needs to know about gynecologic cancers.

 

Top 5 Things You Should Tell Your Daughter About Gynecologic Cancers

  1. Getting regular PAP smears can save your life even if you have had the cervix cancer vaccine
     
  2. Diet, exercise, and lifestyle choices play a significant role in the prevention of cancer
     
  3. It is important to tell your doctor if you have a close relative with ovarian cancer since ovarian and breast cancer runs in families
     
  4. Report any unusual vaginal bleeding to your doctor because it could be a sign of cancer
     
  5. You know your body "down there". If your bowel, bladder or monthly periods are odd, tell your doctor not your friend