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Release: Aug. 31, 2001
Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at UI promotes Gynecologic Cancer Awareness
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Every seven minutes, a woman is diagnosed with a gynecologic
cancer, according to the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation. Yet, many women are
unaware of the risks or the preventative measures associated with this group
Gov. Tom Vilsack of Iowa recently proclaimed September as Gynecologic Cancer
Awareness Month in Iowa, matching the effort being made on a national level.
Vilsack made his proclamation in response to a request from Anil Sood, M.D.,
a specialist in gynecologic cancer in the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center
at the University of Iowa. Sood also serves as an assistant professor in the
UI department of obstetrics and gynecology.
"The medical and scientific communities have made tremendous strides
in better understanding how to diagnose and treat gynecologic cancers,"
Sood said. "Now we want to help women to learn about their risk for gynecologic
cancer, to know what they can do to reduce that risk, and to ensure that they
are appropriately screened for gynecologic cancers."
Approximately 80,000 women are diagnosed with gynecologic cancers annually
in the United States. Gynecologic oncologists urge all women to learn their
family medical history and find out if any of their relatives have been diagnosed
with a gynecologic cancer. The Gynecologic Cancer Foundation offers an online
cancer risk assessment service in its Web site at www.wcn.org.
The next step is education. Learn how you can reduce your risk for gynecologic
cancer by taking steps such as quitting smoking, consuming a healthy diet
and exercising regularly. Learn the warning signs of gynecologic cancer, including
a full, bloated feeling, abdominal pain and swelling. If you have any of these
or any other unusual symptoms, it is important to see your physician.
"If you are diagnosed with gynecologic cancer, its important
to be seen by a physician who is knowledgeable about gynecologic cancers,"
Sood added. "At our center, we can also offer cutting-edge and investigational
treatments that may achieve more successful results."
For additional information about research efforts and gynecologic cancer,
call the Cancer Information Service in the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center
at (319) 356-4262 or toll-free at (800) 237-1225, or visit the cancer service
online at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center is Iowas only National Cancer
Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer center. NCI-designated comprehensive
cancer centers are recognized as the leaders in developing new approaches
to cancer prevention and cancer care, conducting leading edge research and
educating the public about cancer.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between
the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient
care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit
UI Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.