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September is GYN Cancers Month

September is set aside to raise awareness of gynecological cancers.  GYN cancers affect women’s reproductive organs including the cervix, endometrium, uterus, fallopian tubes, vagina, vulva, and ovaries. In 2009 there will be an estimated 80,720 new cases of GYN cancers and 28,120 deaths. Women with Lynch syndrome (also known as hereditary non-polyposis colon cancer or HNPCC)  have a high lifetime risk of endometrial cancer, reaching 71 percent by the age of 70.  This is much higher than the general population whose risk is less than 2 percent.

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

In 2008 nearly 22,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and more than 15,500 will die. Sometimes called the disease that whispers, ovarian cancer symptoms are often not recognized until its late stages when it is most deadly.  Found early, ovarian cancer is 90 percent curable but most cases are found after the cancer is already advanced. President Bush has proclaimed September 2008 ass National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.  During September, advocates will be working to raise awareness of ovarian cancer, let women know about its symptoms, and work toward early detection and effective treatment.