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Lowering your risk for gynecological cancer

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Lowering Your Risk for Gynecological Cancer

Early detection and regular screenings starting at age 18 are key to lowering your risk or catching gynecological cancer early. But there are other measures you can take to stay safe:

  • Nearly 60 years after its introduction, the Pap test continues to be one of the most important breakthroughs in women’s health. A new testing method called ThinPrep may make it easier to spot abnormalities. ThinPrep is a machine that filters blood and mucus from the sample to make it clearer to read. 
  • Diet, exercise and lifestyle changes also play a significant role in the prevention of cancer.
  • Weight control can help reduce the risk of endometrial and uterine cancers.
  • Studies also have shown that diets rich in vitamins and antioxidants, and low in fat, can be protective against cancer.
  • Increased levels of vitamin C also appear to reduce the risk of cervical cancer.
  • Quitting smoking, important to overall health, can lower your risk of cervical and vaginal cancers.
  • Oral contraceptives also can reduce the risk of cervical cancer by half if used for five or more years.
  • The use of birth control pills also offers some protection against uterine cancer.
  • Getting to know your family history can increase your chance of early diagnosis and can help you take action toward prevention.
  • Screening and self-examinations, conducted regularly, can detect certain types of reproductive cancers in their earlier stages, when treatment is more likely to be successful.
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