Risk factors for vaginal cancer include HPV infection, smoking, age (50 years and older), and prior treatment for cervical or vulvar cancer. The daughters of women who took DES (a hormone used many years ago to prevent miscarriage) while pregnant are at increased for both vaginal and cervical cancer.
After surviving cancer, women look for a community of support and guidance. In a video produced by the Society of Gynecologic Oncology, survivors share how they live and thrive after endometrial cancer. As described by one survivor, “You can get better.”
September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month. After creating the month in 1999, the Foundation strives to bring attention about these cancers through public awareness campaigns.