In 2012, nearly 800,000 women were diagnosed with some form of cancer, and 275,000 women lost their lives. Cancer is something that everyone has to worry about; however, there are several forms of cancer that are exclusive to women. If you are a woman living in Pasco, Hernando, or Citrus County, the medical professionals at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point urge you to become familiar with the following forms of cancer:
Though men can get breast cancer, the vast majority of cases are in women. Breast cancer is the single most common form of cancer in women, which is why it’s important for women over the age of 40 to undergo annual mammograms and other screening procedures if necessary. With early detection and treatment, most women survive breast cancer.
Women who have never had children or had their first child after the age of 30 may be at an increased risk of ovarian cancer. Unfortunately, there are no good ways to detect ovarian cancer in its early stages—if you experience pelvic pain, frequent urination, or digestive problems, consider visiting a doctor.
Sexually active women who have human papilloma virus (HPV) are at a high risk of developing cervical cancer. Cervical cancer also has a greater chance of developing in women who smoke, have AIDS, or are obese. Women over the age of 21 should have a Pap test once every 3-5 years for the purpose of catching cervical cancer early.
Endometrial cancer affects the lining of the uterus, and most often develops in women older than 50. Women who begin menstruation early in life or go through menopause later than usual have a higher risk of developing endometrial cancer. If you notice unusual spotting or bleeding, you should visit a doctor right away.
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point offers chemotherapy and surgery for women diagnosed with many forms of cancer. Our healthcare team is comprised of over 350 physicians, 950 employees, and 500 generous volunteers. Call (888) 741-5119 to set up an appointment.