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January 12, 2012
Your pap test isn't the only reason to see your gynecologist.
Your doctor also can address unusual symptoms that could be cancer. And, he or she can help you decide what do about body changes that may affect your cancer risk at different stages of life.
Here are some topics you may need to discuss with your gynecologist at your next appointment.
1. Gynecologic Cancer: Symptoms Besides Pelvic Pain
Unfortunately, gynecologic cancers -- including cervical, ovarian and endometrial cancers -- have vague symptoms. And, many women often overlook or mistake them for less serious conditions.
Talk to your doctor if you have any of these symptoms for more than two weeks:
2. How the Pill Affects Your Cancer Risks
Trying to decide if the pill is the best birth control for you? Discuss these points with your doctor:
3. How Menopause Can Affect Your Cancer Risk
Wondering how menopause affects your cancer risks and what you can do to prevent cancer? Use these points to start an informed conversation with your doctor:
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