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Links and Fact Sheets for More Cancer Information


Saint Clare’s provides the following links and fact sheets for detailed, easy-to-understand information on cancer and its treatment. We encourage you to contact us at 1-866-STCLARE for additional information or if you have any questions.

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These links are provided for informational purposes only. Saint Clare's Health System is not responsible for maintenance of the web sites and the information they provide. Always consult your physician or specialist about altering your medication or treatment plan.

Fact Sheets

Gynecologic Cancer Fact Sheet
Prostate Cancer Fact Sheet


Gynecologic Cancer Fact Sheet (PDF)

  • Gynecologic cancers are caused by the uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells originating in the female reproductive organs, including the cervix, ovaries, uterus, fallopian tubes, vagina and vulva.
  • This year, over 78,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with gynecologic cancer. Over 28,000 will die from gynecologic cancer.
  • Regular screening and self-examinations can result in the detection of certain types of gynecologic cancers in their earlier stages, when treatment is more likely to be successful.
  • Risk factors include smoking, aging, environmental influences, family history, failure to receive regular pap tests, not bearing children, infertility, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and estrogen use.
  • Gynecologic cancers warning signs and symptoms include unusual vaginal bleeding or discharge; a sore that does not heal; pain or pressure in the pelvic area; a persistent change in bowel or bladder habits; frequent indigestion or abdominal bloating; and a thickening or lump that either causes pain or can be seen or felt.
  • Treatment options for gynecologic cancers include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy and experimental treatments.
  • Ovarian cancer ranks fifth as a cause of cancer deaths among women and causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system.
  • More than 40,000 women are diagnosed with uterine cancer each year in the United States - the most common malignancy of the female genital tract and the fourth most common cancer in women.
  • Regular screening through Pap tests can help to prevent cervical cancer. Still, it is estimate that in 2010 there will be about 12,200 new cases of invasive cervical cancer diagnosed in the United States.
  • Gynecologic oncologists have at least seven additional years of training beyond medical school to become experts in the diagnosis, treatment and care for women with reproductive cancers. Research shows that patients cared for by gynecologic oncologists have twice the survival rates of patients of those not treated by a cancer specialist

Prostate Cancer Fact Sheet (PDF)

  • Prostate cancer is cancer that starts in the prostate gland. It is caused by changes in the DNA of a prostate cancer cell.
  • Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancers diagnosed in men. One in six men will develop prostate cancer in his lifetime.
  • This year, it is estimated that over 217,000 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in the United States. Over 32,000 will die from prostate cancer.
  • Risk factors include age, race, nationality, family history, genes, diet, obesity, exercise, and infection and inflammation of the prostate.
  • Early on, prostate cancer often causes no symptoms. Symptoms of advanced prostate cancer include: blood in the urine, impotence, pain in the spine, hips, ribs or other bones, weakness or numbness in the legs or feet, and loss of bladder or bowel control.
  • Treatment options for prostate cancer include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy and experimental treatments.
  • Regular screening – through blood tests and digital rectal exams – can help to find cancer at an early, more treatable stage.

 

Sources: American Cancer Society, Gynecologic Cancer Foundation

 
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