What are Gynecologic Cancers?
Gynecologic malignancies include cancers of the female reproductive system, such as ovarian cancer, cervical cancer, uterine, vaginal, vulvar and endometrial cancer, among others. These cancers can be treated with a variety of therapies, including chemotherapy, radiation, minimally-invasive surgical techniques, advanced laparoscopy and robotic surgery, as well as complex gynecologic surgery and pelvic reconstruction.
Ovarian cancer accounts for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system; however, over the past 20 years, the rate at which women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer has been slowly falling.
According to the American Cancer Society, 82,000 women are diagnosed with gynecologic cancer annually in the United States.
And it’s not just ovarian cancer that is showing a decline. Cervical cancer was once one of the most common causes of cancer death among women, but over the last four decades, the death rate from cervical cancer has decreased by more than 50%, due primarily to the routine use of and improvements in the PAP test, a screening procedure that can detect changes in the cervix before cancer develops. With improved screening strategies and wide-spread use of HPV vaccination, fewer women will be affected by cervical cancer and pre-cancers in the future.
Gynecologic Oncology at Florida Cancer Specialists
The Gynecologic Oncologists of Florida Cancer Specialists are board-certified and have completed advanced fellowship training in gynecologic oncology. They are highly skilled in the treatment and management of female malignancies and have practiced and taught in some of the nation’s most respected institutions, including Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, the Harvard Medical system, Dana Farber Cancer Center, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute in New York.