Every five minutes a woman is diagnosed with one of the five gynecologic (gyn) cancers – cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, or vulvar – totaling more than 109,000 American women each year. Within these same five minutes, here are five things you can do to take charge of your gynecologic health.

  1. Schedule routine appointments with your healthcare provider/s including an annual check-up and pap smear.
  2. Be in tune with your body and if you notice anything that seems a little off, don’t keep it to yourself. Reach out to a doctor.
  3. Learn more about the risk factors associated with gyn cancers such as HPV infection, smoking, weight outside of the normal range and genetics. You can learn more here.
  4. Prioritize moving your body. Set an alarm every day to remind yourself to get up and move. One-third of all cancer deaths in the U.S. each year are linked to diet and physical activity. To reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancers, it’s important to maintain a healthy weight, be physically active and eat a healthy diet.
  5. Don’t keep this important information to yourself! Join the Foundation for Women’s Cancer and Society of Gynecologic Oncology to Move the Message and drive awareness of gyn cancers. Share the information available at www.movethemessage.org with other women in your life. One easy way to do this is by sharing on social media. Just post “#MoveTheMessage. 5 Cancers to Know. Take steps today to protect tomorrows by visiting movethemessage.org” and tag five people you know.

Source: The Foundation for Women’s Cancer (FWC)