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September is Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month

Doctors recommend scans when changes happen in your body

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Greenwich, CT | Added on September 23, 2014 At 02:15 PM

September is Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month in the United States. 

"Gynecological cancer is any cancer that starts in a  woman's reproductive organs. Cancers are always named for the organ in which it starts," said Dr. Caterina Violi, an OB-GYN. 

About 71,000 women are diagnosed with a gynecological cancer every year in the U.S. and 26,000 women die from the disease. Doctors recommend knowing what is normal for your body, and get checked when something changes. 

"It's normal to be afraid, especially if you have a strong family history, but there are options. They should speak to their physician. With the screening techniques that we have today, there's a lot that can be done and we've made a lot of advancements, not only in diagnosing, but in screening and treating. So, don't be discouraged. There are people here that can help," said Dr. Violi. 

And Breast Cancer Awareness Month is right around the corner. Dr. Violi  recommends women begin getting annual mammograms starting at age 40.  

"It's really important in general for women to visit their physicians, not only gynecologists but also internists, and have regular mammograms, another screening tool," said Dr. Violi. 

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