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Who is at risk for gynecologic cancer?

Samar Nahas, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Risks of certain types of cancer vary from person to person and condition to condition. Samar Nahas, MD, from Riverside Community Hospital discusses the influence genes and other factors may have on increasing the risk of cancer in this video.
Deborah Davis
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
The causes and risk factors of gynecologic cancer vary among the different types, but there are some common risks:
HPV infection
DES exposure (synthetic estrogen given to women before 1971 during pregnancy to prevent miscarriage, but ultimately causing health risks to the expectant mother and daughters/son they carried)
Smoking
HIV/AIDS infection
There are also gynecologic risk factors that we have no control over like age, race and family history of certain diseases and conditions that elevate our risk.  A risk factor is not a prerequisite to developing a disease; some women will still develop a gynecologic cancer despite not having any risk factor for it.
Sharyn N. Lewin, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Every woman is at risk for developing cancer. Breast cancer is the most common   cancer in women while gynecologic cancer (reproductive organs) follows behind lung and colon-rectal cancers.

Every year, over 70,000 women are diagnosed with gynecologic cancers and about 27,000 die.

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