Cancer is something that every woman faces. She may never develop the disease, but today it would be difficult to discover a woman who hasn't witnessed the suffering and struggles of friends or family members as they deal with cancer. Here, we discuss the cancers that are specific to women. These are cancers that attack a woman's reproductive tract. We tell you what you need to know about uterine, cervical, fallopian tube, ovarian, and breast cancers and how you can minimize your personal risk for these conditions.
While these cancers attack different parts of a woman's anatomy, they all have one thing in common: the earlier you discover the signs and symptoms, the better chance you have of nipping these cancers in the bud. It is at the earliest stages of these cancers that treatment is most effective. Early detection may determine whether or not the disease can be placed in remission. In this section we introduce you to the early symptoms of these cancers and explain the treatment options, too.
While it's true that early detection of cervical cancer can save a woman's life, for many women, a hysterectomy is the best way to stop the disease. The unfortunate fact is that while the treatment grants her a future, it will also render her infertile. The most important thing you can do for your reproductive health is to make sure you have regular Pap smears. Pap smears help physicians find cancer during the early, treatable stages before it can spin out of control.
One very rare form of female cancer is fallopian tube cancer. Since it is so rare, you may not be aware of the signs and symptoms, yet not finding this cancer early enough can have devastating results. We give you the information you need to help lead to early detection. Finding it fast means getting treated before the cancer can reach an incurable stage.
Much less rare is breast cancer, which is the second most common type of cancer that affects women today. The statistics tell us that one in ten women will end up with breast cancer. But we already knew that. All of us have a friend or relative who has suffered from this terrible form of cancer.
The good news is that there are many effective treatments available for treating breast cancer. As always, early detection is of the utmost importance if the treatments are to do their job. But breast cancer isn't only about finding it and getting healed—breast cancer comes with a huge impact on a woman's emotions. In some cases, a woman will need to undergo mastectomy. Losing a breast is bound to be difficult. We tell you how to get through this time and make you feel that much less alone.