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Female genital cancers

Cancers can affect the tissues and organs that make up the vulva, vagina, cervix, uterus and ovaries. Cervical cancer is one of most common forms of female cancers and is linked to infection with the human papilloma virus (HPV), against which girls and boys in Australia are now routinely immunised.

Regular Pap smears are essential for all sexually active women to help prevent cervical cancer. Cancers of the uterus and ovarian cancer are difficult to identify early and any change in normal bowel or pelvic function, or general unwellness that persists for some time, no matter how vague, should be discussed with your doctor.

Follow the links below for more information about female genital cancers.

Last reviewed: August 2014

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Support for people with gynaecologic cancers

Information on the diagnosis, treatment and support services available to women diagnosed with gynaecologic cancer.

Read more on WA Health website

Intimacy and sexuality for women with gynaecological cancer - starting a conversation | Cancer Australia

This resource has been developed to support women (and their partners) in understanding and addressing issues of intimacy and sexuality following

Read more on Cancer Australia website

Ovarian cancer - what do you know? - YouTube

For more information on ovarian cancer visit: To help u...

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What is Cervical cancer?

Cervical cancer develops from the tissues of the cervix. It is also called cancer of the uterine cervix. It is the third most commonly diagnosed gynaecological cancer in Australian women.

Read more on Cancer Australia website

Ovarian cancer statistics | Cancer Australia

Updated 30th January 2012

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Endometrial cancer - Cancer Pathways

For information about endometrial cancer call the Cancer Council on 13 11 20. The Cancer Council can answer your questions about the effects of cancer, explain what will happen during treatment and link you to support groups and other community resources.

Read more on Cancer Council Victoria website

Vulval cancer: Kim's phenomenal ordeal of loss and triumph | myVMC

Vulval cancer survivor, Kim, talks to Virtual Medical Centre about her phenomenal ordeal of loss and triumph.

Read more on myVMC – Virtual Medical Centre website

Vulval Cancer (Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Vulva) | myVMC

Vulval cancer or squamous cell carcinoma of the vulva affects the external part of the female genitals. It is most common after menopause.

Read more on myVMC – Virtual Medical Centre website


A hysterectomy is an operation to remove the uterus (womb). Hysterectomies may be performed because of abnormal or heavy bleeding, prolapse, fibroids or other gynaecological problems including cancer.

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Cervical cancer - NT.GOV.AU

Prevention, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of cervical cancer.

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