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Gynaecological Cancers

Gynae cancers affect the female reproductive organssee below). Any diagnosis of cancer causes anxiety and fear about the future, but for many women, a diagnosis of gynaecological cancer causes additional concerns about issues such as body image, sexuality and fertility.

The female reproductive organs are:

  • Uterus
  • Cervix
  • Ovaries
  • Vulva
  • Vagina
  • Fallopian tubes

In addition, cancers of the placenta or afterbirth are also considered to be gynae cancers

Unless diagnosed before they have spread to lymph nodes or other organs, gynaecological cancers, even when well treated, typically have a very poor outcome . 1 in every 250 women alive today is living with a diagnosis of gynaecological cancer. Gynaecological cancers and their treatment cause major psychosexual problems for women and there are often associated concerns about body image. When these cancers affect premenopausal women, they cause premature menopause and infertility.