September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month! Providence OB/GYN Blog Sep 16 2014 September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month. The goal is to reach women who have not been screened for a gynecologic cancer, and create awareness about the prevention and early detection of women's cancer. At Novant Health Providence Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN), we want to educate the Charlotte community and raise awareness for these life-altering diseases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the five main gynecological cancers that affect women’s reproductive organs are cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal and vulvar. Each cancer is unique, with a unique set of symptoms and treatments. Approximately 71,500 women in the United States are diagnosed with a gynecological cancer every year. Ovarian Cancer Awareness This year, about 21,980 women across the United States will learn they have ovarian cancer. If diagnosed at an early stage, roughly 94% of these women will have a survival rate past five years. That number should hopefully increase with the results of several large studies now in progress to determine the best ways to detect ovarian cancer in its earliest stages. The emphasis of Gynecologic and Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month is to bring information like this to the attention of the public. Early diagnosis is critically important but can be difficult, since the symptoms of ovarian cancer typically don’t become apparent until a later stage. Symptoms can include persistent bloating, unexpected weight loss, an increase in the size of the abdomen and changes in bowel or bladder habits, including frequent urination, constipation or diarrhea. In addition, certain risk factors can affect a woman’s chances that she will develop ovarian cancer. Particularly significant is a family history of cancer, especially colon or breast cancer, and breast cancer in pre-menopausal women. Treatment options will depend primarily on the type of cancer and the stage of the disease. Various factors including general state of health, plans for childbearing and other personal considerations will also have a role. Providence OB/GYN At Novant Health Providence Obstetrics and Gynecology, we are more than just a doctor's office, we’re your partners in care. Our team of healthcare providers delivers comprehensive and compassionate care to the women of the Charlotte region. Help us spread the new about Gynecologic and Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and don't forget to schedule a yearly or annual Well-Woman visit. For more information about our routine annual health examinations, including pap smears and breast exams, or to set up an appointment, please call 704-372-4000. Our office hours are: Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can also visit us on MyChart.