NEW YORK --Nearly 100,000 women found out they were facing a form of gynecological cancer last year. What are the types? How can you recognize and fight them? Eyewitness News viewers had their questions answered about women and cancer to the right from Cancer Treatment Centers of America during a live video chat on 7online.
Watch the chat in 5 segments below:
Five main cancer types affect a woman's reproductive organs: cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar. These cancer types are commonly grouped under the broader category gynecological cancers. In 2013, over 90,000 women were diagnosed with one of these cancer types. Each type is unique, with different signs, symptoms, and risk factors associated with a higher chance for developing each cancer.
All women are at risk for gynecologic cancers, and risk increases with age. For some of these disease types, women's risk of developing cancer can be lowered. Treatment for gynecological cancers is most effective when the cancer is found early.
Eyewitness News medical reporter Dr. Sapna Parikh hosted our chat with an expert from Cancer Treatment Centers of America to answer your questions about gynecological cancers on topics including:
Maurie Markman, M.D., is president of CTCA Medicine and Science. A nationally renowned oncologist, his clinical experience includes over 20 years in leadership roles at Memorial Sloan-Kettering in New York, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Dr. Markman has written or co-edited 10 books and has published more than 1400 articles, editorials, peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters, reviews, letters and abstracts.