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Is cancer of the reproductive organs a concern after menopause?

Patricia Geraghty, NP
Women's Health
The risk of cancer to the reproductive organs actually increases after menopause. This may be due more to increased age than to the postmenopause state. The risk for ovarian cancer, cancer of the lining of the uterus, and in women who carry certain strains of HPV, cancer of the cervix increase from age 50 through the 80's.
Even after menopause, you can still be at risk for cancer of the reproductive organs, especially if you have been exposed to HPV. It is especially important to monitor any changes and tell your doctor as soon as possible. For example, women can still experience abnormal bleeding, discharge, swelling of the abdomen, or pain in the pelvic area. Any of these symptoms are signs of concern and need to be discussed with your doctor. The risk of cancer to the reproductive organs increases after menopause as increased age increases risk for ovarian cancer, cancer of the lining of the uterus, and in women who carry the HPV virus, cancer of the cervix.

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