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Gynecological Oncology

The three most common forms of gynecological cancers are cervical, endometrial, and ovarian cancer. Thompson Oncology Group’s board-certified gynecologic oncologists, Kenneth Cofer, MD and Brook Saunders, MD,  specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of cancers located in or around the reproductive organs. Click below to learn more about each type of cancer.

Cervical Cancer 

Cervical cancer is defined as cancer of the cervix, which is the lower, narrow part of the uterus.  According to the American Cancer Society, more than 12,800 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer this year. But, death rates have dramatically declined over the past several years as more women get screened. To prevent cervical cancer,   get screened regularly by your gynecologist and get the HPV vaccine. Here are some helpful links and resources about cervical cancer:

Endometrial Cancer 

Endometrial cancer, or cancer of the lining of the uterus, is the most common form of uterine cancer. Each year, more than 56,000 women will be diagnosed with endometrial cancer. Endometrial cancer usually occurs in women who have already gone through menopause, but is highly curable if found early. Here are some helpful links and resources about endometrial cancer: 

Ovarian Cancer 

Ovarian cancer is cancer that starts in the ovaries. Each year, more than 22,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. A woman’s lifetime risk for developing ovarian cancer is about 1 in 75. Ovarian cancer doesn’t usually cause symptoms until it has spread outside of the ovary, so it is important to see your gynecologist for a pelvic exam and pap smear regularly. Here are some helpful links and resources about ovarian cancer: 

One of the best ways to prevent or diagnose cancer in its earliest stages is to get a pelvic exam and pap test regularly. For more information on gynecologic oncology, visit our free online Health Information Library