Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month

September 4, 2016

Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month is recognized each year in September and is a perfect time to encourage women to learn more about cancers of the cervix, vagina, vulva, ovaries, and uterus including early detection and prevention. Every year in the United States, about 89,000 women are diagnosed with and more than 29,000 die from a gynecologic cancer. To learn more, start with NCCC’s gynecologic cancers page for an overview of each disease and a chart covering symptoms and check out the resources on HPV and cervical cancer below.

Talking about Gynecological Cancer Treatment and Prevention

In this episode of ASHA’s Sex+Health podcast, Mamta Singhvi, MD, a radiation oncologist and ASHA board member, discusses various ways gynecologic cancers are treated, what to expect during and following treatment and issues around prevention and early detection.

HPV and Cervical Cancer Screening

ASHA’s Sex+Health Podcast

The Sex+Health podcast from the American Sexual Health Association covers all aspects of sexual health. The episodes below feature experts discussing a variety of topics in cervical cancer.

All About HPV
In this episode, Ina Park, MD, assistant professor at University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, Department of Family and Community Medicine, dishes on HPV topics including genital warts, cervical cancer vaccines, the stigma associated with warts “below the waistline,” talking to partners about HPV, and more.

Cervical Cancer Screening
Warner Huh, MD, Division Director and Professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, co-authored the current guidelines on cervical cancer screening and management of abnormal tests.

Survivor Stories

storycorps_sidebarStoryCorps is America’s oral history project. Its mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. NCCC chapter leaders have many stories to share. Stories of courage, of struggle, of loss and of survival. At the 2016 NCCC conference, many chapter leaders did just that, and we have collected them all at the StoryCorps community for NCCC. You can listen to these stories on the NCCC community page at StoryCorps.

Many chapter leaders have also their shared personal perspectives on the physical and emotional impact of cervical cancer in NCCC’s ebook HPV & Cervical Cancer: Stories from Survivors and Supporters.

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