Letter to the Editor
Last year, more than 80,000 women in the USA received an unexpected
diagnosis: cancer of a reproductive organ. This means that on average,
one woman in the United States is diagnosed with gynecologic cancer
every seven minutes -- that’s more than 200 women diagnosed
each and every day.
While these types of cancer -- including cervical, uterine and
ovarian -- are rarely discussed, they affect more women than lung
cancer or colon cancer.
September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month, an opportunity
to educate women regarding the symptoms and treatment of gynecologic
cancer of all types.
As a gynecologic cancer survivor, I encourage all women to take
care of themselves by:
Scheduling routine medical exams, including an annual pap test
Visiting doctors whenever unusual symptoms develop
Seeking the support of other cancer survivors, if necessary
When I was diagnosed with cancer, I found much-needed support
through EyesOnThePrize.org, an international web community that
provides information and emotional support from the survivor's
perspective. The www.eyesontheprize.org web site’s resources
include an email discussion list, a chance to "Ask The Pros,"
links to medical sites, and an "In Your Community" database
that directs women to support groups in their hometowns.
(your phone number)