Mr Dirk Brinkmannis a ConsultantGynaecologist andCancer Surgeonpractising at SpirePortsmouth HospitalQi recently read an articleabout gynaecological cancerswhich has made me worry. l'mIa 45 year relatively healthywoman; can you tell me moreabout the different types,symptoms and risk factors?September is Gynaecological CancerAwareness Month and a great opportunityI Although it is very rare in women under 25 yearsI it can occur. The incidence of other gynaecologicalI cancers in women under 50 has been rising.I Cervical cancer is the only gynaecological cancerI with a national screening programme (the smearI test) available to women from their mid-twentiesI to mid-sixtiesto raise awareness about these poorlyunderstood cancersThe five gynaecological cancers start in thefemale reproductive system and have a rangeof symptoms, many of which are commonwith other less serious conditionsTypical symptoms:. Cervical cancer: abnormal vaginalEndometrial cancer (womb cancer) has recentlybecome the most common gynaecological cancer,bleeding, abnormal vaginal discharge, pelviclargely because the population is getting heavierpain or pressure, needing to wee a lotOvarian cancer: pelvic pain or pressureabdominal or back pain, continuousbloating, needing to wee a lot Ovarian cancer is often known as 'the silent killeri due to its few non-specific symptoms in the earlystages often mistaken for tummy troubleWomb cancer: abnormal vaginal bleeding, '. Vaginal cancer: abnormal vaginal. Vulval cancer: itching or burning of vulva,other daily niggles. Screening may suit certaini women with a higher than average risk profilI Vulval cancer is a very rare disease diagnosedI in just over 1,000 women in the UK each yearabnormal vaginal discharge, pelvic pain orpressurebleeding, abnormal vaginal discharge, lump whilst vaginal cancer affects around 250 womenor growth in the vaginaI in the UKYou could have an increased risk of developingbreast or ovarian cancer if there is a history ofcancer in your family. If you are concerned aboutyou see a specialista painful lump or a sore that doesn't healMost gynaecological cancers are found in womenover 50 apart from cervical cancer which is most any of the above, I would strongly recommendcommon between 30 to 45 years of ageS2SpirePortsmouth HospitalTo book a consultation or for any enquiriesplease speak to our team on02392 802 921or email info@spireportsmouth.com

Date: 12 September 2018

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Mr Dirk Brinkmann is a Consultant Gynaecologist and Cancer Surgeon practising at Spire Portsmouth Hospital Qi recently read an article about gynaecological cancers which has made me worry. l'mI a 45 year relatively healthy woman; can you tell me more about the different types, symptoms and risk factors? September is Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month and a great opportunity I Although it is very rare in women under 25 years I it can occur. The incidence of other gynaecological I cancers in women under 50 has been rising. I Cervical cancer is the only gynaecological cancer I with a national screening programme (the smear I test) available to women from their mid-twenties I to mid-sixties to raise awareness about these poorly understood cancers The five gynaecological cancers start in the female reproductive system and have a range of symptoms, many of which are common with other less serious conditions Typical symptoms: . Cervical cancer: abnormal vaginal Endometrial cancer (womb cancer) has recently become the most common gynaecological cancer, bleeding, abnormal vaginal discharge, pelviclargely because the population is getting heavier pain or pressure, needing to wee a lot Ovarian cancer: pelvic pain or pressure abdominal or back pain, continuous bloating, needing to wee a lot Ovarian cancer is often known as 'the silent killer i due to its few non-specific symptoms in the early stages often mistaken for tummy trouble Womb cancer: abnormal vaginal bleeding, ' . Vaginal cancer: abnormal vaginal . Vulval cancer: itching or burning of vulva, other daily niggles. Screening may suit certain i women with a higher than average risk profil I Vulval cancer is a very rare disease diagnosed I in just over 1,000 women in the UK each year abnormal vaginal discharge, pelvic pain or pressure bleeding, abnormal vaginal discharge, lump whilst vaginal cancer affects around 250 women or growth in the vagina I in the UK You could have an increased risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer if there is a history of cancer in your family. If you are concerned about you see a specialist a painful lump or a sore that doesn't heal Most gynaecological cancers are found in women over 50 apart from cervical cancer which is most any of the above, I would strongly recommend common between 30 to 45 years of age S2 Spire Portsmouth Hospital To book a consultation or for any enquiries please speak to our team on 02392 802 921 or email info@spireportsmouth.com

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