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Gynecological cancers develop in a woman’s reproductive organs: the ovaries, uterus, cervix, vagina, and vulva. Each type of gynecological cancer is unique. Some are more common than others. Some are highly preventable, while others are usually found once they’ve reached advanced stages.
Call 855.970.2527 or use our online Find a Doctor tool to connect with one of our experts in gynecological cancer prevention in Arizona. Our Chandler Regional Medical Center offers cancer screenings for women and other cancer resources, including support groups and counseling. In addition, our University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center headquartered in Arizona.
In general, a woman’s risk of developing gynecological cancer increases with age. A family history of the cancer plays a role in some gynecological cancers, including ovarian cancer and uterine cancer. Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is a main risk factor for cervical cancer, vaginal cancer, and vulvar cancer.
It is not possible to prevent all cases of gynecological cancer. However, you can still take steps to protect yourself. These strategies focus on early detection and changing risk factors that are under your control. They include:
If you are concerned about gynecological cancer, talk with your doctor about your risks.