September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month. It’s important to talk about these things: ovaries, uterus, vagina, vulva, fallopian tubes, they are not taboo words, they are body parts. Open discussion and being aware of symptoms could save your life.
Lack of health education on reproductive anatomy, silence, dismissal of vague symptoms, and shame in discussing these words can result in diagnosing cancers much later than they could have been detected. Many of the symptoms listed are common to different types of gynecologic cancers, but also could be mistaken for minor conditions. It’s always best to err on the side of caution. Go to your doctor to have something checked out, and don’t allow anyone to dismiss your concerns.
The CDC has a wallet card for tracking your symptoms here.
Also, take the time (16 minutes) to watch this excellent video on awareness of gynecologic cancer symptoms.