Female cancers are often called the silent killers. They have few symptoms until they are in their advanced stages.
Dr. Angela Marshall is no stranger to the female reproductive cancers. She says with cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar cancers, women might not even know they have them.
"So most gynecological cancers have no symptoms or have symptoms that are overlooked...so it's really important for women to first of all know their bodies well,” said Dr. Angela Marshall, with Comprehensive Women’s Health.
For some women, this is easier said than done.
"Women tend to take such good care of everyone else, they often put themselves last on the list. So I think the most important message is to encourage women to take care of themselves, take time for themselves and make time for preventive health," said Dr. Marshall.
In order to prevent these gynecological cancers, Dr. Marshall says women need regular pelvic exams, pap smears, and HPV testing. Women should also know their numbers including cholesterol levels, blood pressure readings, and sugar counts. This will help them avoid diabetes, stroke, and heart disease.
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