Detection And Prevention

Finding a gynecologic cancer early, when it’s most treatable, is your best defense. You can also take action to lower your risk of some cancers.

Who’s At Risk For Gynecologic Cancer?

Risk factors for gynecologic cancer vary depending on the cancer type. They range from advanced age and whether you’ve ever given birth, to early onset of menstrual periods and use of certain hormone replacement therapies. Ethnicity can also play a role.

If you have a strong history of certain cancers in your family, you may be at higher risk for a specific gynecologic cancer and benefit from genetic testing. Always follow your doctor’s guidance, and be sure to check with your insurance provider to ensure coverage for genetic testing.

Lower Your Risk

Cancer screenings continue to detect many cancers at their earliest stages. While the Pap test is the gold standard for detecting cervical cancer, screenings for other gynecologic cancers typically are not recommended for women of average risk.

You can lower your risk for gynecologic cancer in general by:

  • Scheduling regular well-woman check-ups
  • Getting your Pap test at the recommended screening ages
  • Getting vaccinated for the human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Discussing the pros and cons of hormone replacement therapy with your doctor
  • Tuning in to your body for changes, especially unusual spotting or bleeding not related to menstrual periods
  • Reporting unusual symptoms or body changes to your doctor immediately
  • Engaging in safe sex practices
  • Knowing your family history of cancer

These healthy choices can also help you lower your overall cancer risk:

  • Limit red meat and eat a low-fat diet
  • Limit alcohol consumption to one drink a day or less
  • Exercise moderately at least 150 minutes a week
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Don’t smoke

Detection And Prevention Of Specific Gynecologic Cancers

Learn more about early detection and prevention of these gynecologic cancers:


Contact Us

Call the Premier Health cancer hotline at (844) 316-HOPE(844) 316-4673 (4673), Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., to connect with a Premier Health cancer navigator.