HCA Neighborhood Health Watch – Gynecological Cancer


– [Announcer] Neighborhood Health Watch is sponsored by the doctors
of HCA Virginia Health System. – The doctor in house today
on Neighborhood Health Watch is answering questions
about gynecologic cancers. More than 90,000 women
are diagnosed each year with gynecologic cancer
and sadly, about 28,000 die from these cancers which have
been called silent killers. Because every woman is at risk, it’s important for us to know
the signs and the symptoms so the cancer can be caught
before it’s too late. Dr. Tyler Ford with
Henrico Doctor’s Hospital is here to talk with us today about this. What are gynecologic cancers? There’s so many different types. – Absolutely. So probably the ones
that we can talk about are ovarian cancer and ovarian cancer is kinda mixed in with Fallopian tube cancer. You have uterine cancer and cervix cancer. There’s some other ones
that are a little bit more rare than that. – [Anchor] And what about the symptoms? I would imagine that there
are so many different symptoms for the different types of cancer. Which symptoms should women
be most concerned with if they notice this? – And you’re exactly right,
depending on the type of cancer, really depends on the type
of symptoms that you have. For ovarian cancer,
unfortunately, they’re very vague. It’s abdominal pain, it’s
pelvic pain and pressure, it’s bloating, it’s not
eating like you used to, and it’s weight loss. All of these are very common. For other ones, the easier symptoms such as like uterine cancer,
you have abnormal bleeding and that’s very simple and in a woman who may be post-menopausal
who shouldn’t have any bleeding anyway. – So at that point, you
need to call your doctor or should you have been
going for screenings even before then? – So the bottom line is absolutely, you should always have that relationship with your primary care
physician or your gynecologist. But any of those symptoms, all of those, should be looked into. – [Anchor] And talk a
little about prevention and what women should do to stay healthy. – Absolutely, so prevention
is very important and really when we talk
about gynecologic cancers and prevention, the one that’s
most common is cervix cancer. That starts early on in
life with HPV vaccinations which has gotten a lot of publicity, as well as after 21,
patients are recommended to see their gynecologist
to have Pap smears. That schedule is different for everyone depending on their past history but they should definitely be seen. – [Anchor] And pay attention
to your family history as well. – Family history is also important, primarily for ovarian
cancer, uterine cancer. If you have a family history that’s strong with different types of cancers, all of those should be looked into and even genetic counseling
should be established. – All right, Dr. Tyler Ford,
thank you for joining us. – Thank you so much.

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