Finding out you have cancer can be devastating and frightening. Our specialists understand how a cancer diagnosis can affect you and those who love you. We will guide you and give you compassionate care in helping you understand your cancer and choose a treatment that’s right for you.
What you should know about cancer
All women may be at risk for cancers of the female reproductive organs, depending on your age, family history, and lifestyle.
Cancer starts small, usually when just one cell or a small group of cells begin to change and grow out of control. Over time, the abnormal cells group together to create a tumor. Some tumors are non-cancerous (benign); some tumors are cancerous (malignant). Sometimes, cancer cells break away from a tumor and move around the body. This is called metastasis.
We often talk about cancer as just one disease, but there are more than 100 different types of cancer. Each type of cancer such as breast cancer or lung cancer or cancer of the cervix has unique characteristics — that’s why there are different treatments for different cancers.
When cancer begins, it usually doesn’t cause any symptoms. That’s why it’s so important to have screening exams like mammograms and Pap tests to catch cancer in its early, most-treatable stage. Please click on the different types of reproductive cancers to learn the warning signs, screenings and treatments.
Most common cancers of the female reproductive organs
Rare cancers of the female reproductive organs
- Vaginal and vulvar
- Fallopian tubes
We understand that a cancer diagnosis may cause you to feel many emotions that might seem overwhelming at first. It’s only natural that you may need some help coping. Be open about reaching out to your family, friends, and counselors for support before, during, and after you go through treatment. Call the American Cancer Society 1-800-227-2345 or visit its website for more information.