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The 4 major types of gynecological cancer

Losing the ability to bear children is one of the primary reasons that many New York women fear gynecological cancer, but medical science has made great strides in recent decades. Endometrial, cervical, ovarian and vulvar cancer are relatively rare, and they can often be treated easily if detected early enough.

Endometrial cancer is the most common form of gynecological cancer, and ovarian cancer is the deadliest. The causes of both remain largely unknown, but they often strike post-menopausal women. A number of tests can be used to detect these cancers, but ovarian cancer presents a real challenge for health care professionals. The symptoms of ovarian cancer are often minor in nature, and they are easily attributed to less serious conditions such as Crohn's disease or irritable bowel syndrome. However, the seriousness of ovarian cancer is such that women diagnosed with these other conditions may be wise to seek a second opinion to avoid a possible delayed cancer diagnosis.

Cervical cancer was once a leading cause of death for American women, but vaccines and improved screening has greatly reduced fatality rates. The HPV vaccine is now being administered to women between the ages of 9 and 26, and women as young as 21 are encouraged to get regular Pap smears. Regular screening is important, as cervical cancer is painless in its early stages. Vulvar cancer is extremely rare, but it responds well to early treatment. Elderly women are at risk of developing this form of gynecological cancer because they rarely undergo regular gynecological examinations.

A delayed or mistaken cancer diagnosis can reduce the chances of treatment plans being successful and shorten lives. Those who suffer injuries or lose a loved one due to this form of medical error may pursue civil remedies, and an attorney with medical malpractice experience could file a lawsuit on their behalf. In some cases, the damages sought in this kind of litigation are used to pay for the more aggressive medical treatment that a delayed diagnosis necessitates.

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