This section provides information for women, their partners and families about gynaecological cancers.
What are gynaecological cancers?
‘Gynaecological cancer’ refers to the five cancers that start in a woman’s reproductive system - click on the links for information about each type of gynaecological cancer:
Gynaecological cancer and the menopause
Some women are affected by gynaecological cancers before the menopause. Menopause does not cause cancer, but your risk of developing cancer does increase as you get older.
Coping with a cancer diagnosis
Being diagnosed with cancer, and the treatment that follows, can be a very difficult thing to cope with. The support of family, friends, healthcare professionals and other people who have had a similar experience can be hugely helpful during this time.
As well as information about diagnosis, treatment and management of gynaecological cancers, some of the organisations linked to in this section of the site include information about how you can access emotional support.
Preventing gynaecological cancers
Leading a healthy lifestyle can help to prevent cancers. During and after menopause is no different. The following measures will help you reduce your risk of cancer:
- Take part in the cervical and breast screening programmes provided by the NHS
- Eat a healthy diet
- Don’t smoke and avoid second-hand smoke
- Maintain a healthy body weight
NHS Choices provides general healthy lifestyle information, tips and support to help you reduce risk of cancer.