Cancers in Women

Updated: May 1, 2022

Knowing about these cancers and what you can do to help prevent them or find them early may help save your life.

Uterine/Endometrial Cancer

“Endometrial cancer begins in the layer of cells that form the lining (endometrium) of the uterus. Other types of cancer can form in the uterus, including uterine sarcoma, but they are much less common than endometrial cancer.” – U.S. National Library of Medicine, medlineplus.gov

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (Spanish)
Mayo Clinic
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Cleveland Clinic
Medline Plus
National Cancer Institute
CancerCare
Foundation for Women’s Cancer

Ovarian Cancer

“1 in 79 women will develop ovarian cancer in her lifetime. It is the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths in U.S. women. Early detection of ovarian cancer can increase life expectancy up to 95%.” – Teal It Up Ovarian Cancer Foundation

American Cancer Society
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (Spanish)
Mayo Clinic
Office on Women’s Health
National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health
Medline Plus
Teal It Up Ovarian Cancer Foundation
Tell Every Amazing Lady T.E.A.L.
National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance

Cervical Cancer

“Cervical cancer starts in the cells lining the cervix, the lower part of the uterus.”American Cancer Society, cancer.org

“Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that occurs in the cells of the cervix, the lower part of the uterus that connects to the vagina. Various strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection, play a role in causing most cervical cancer. When exposed to HPV, the body’s immune system typically prevents the virus from doing harm. In a small percentage of people, however, the virus survives for years, contributing to the process that causes some cervical cells to become cancer cells.” – Mayo Clinic

American Cancer Society
American Cancer Society (Spanish)
Mayo Clinic – “Cervical Cancer Causes and Symptoms”
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (Spanish)
World Health Organization
Cleveland Clinic
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Medline Plus
Planned Parenthood
National Cervical Cancer Coalition
CWNY’s Interview with Dr. Rochelle Joly, M.D. on Cervical Cancer Screening and Prevention

Breast Cancer

“There is a 1 in 8 chance that a woman in the United States will develop breast cancer. This also means there is a 7 in 8 chance she will never have the disease.”American Cancer Society, cancer.org

“Some breast cancer risks can’t be controlled, like your age or having a family history of breast cancer, but there are ways you can reduce your risk.” – Planned Parenthood & Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

American Cancer Society
Breast Cancer in men – American Cancer Society
National Breast Cancer Foundation
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (Spanish)
Global Breast Cancer Initiative – World Health Organization
Mayo Clinic
Planned Parenthood
Basser Center – The Basser Center for BRCA is the first comprehensive center for the research, treatment, and prevention of BRCA-related cancers. (breast, ovarian, pancreatic, prostate and melanoma)
BreastCancer.Org
BreastCancer.Org (Spanish)
CWNY webinar: “Breakthroughs on Breast Cancer Treatments” with Seeta Trivedi, M.D., Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology

Support Groups

SHARE — A national nonprofit that supports, educates, and empowers women affected by breast, ovarian, uterine or metastatic breast cancer, with a special focus on medically underserved communities. (English, Spanish and 17 other languages)
Bright Pink – Support for women at higher risk of breast cancer
FORCE — Support for people facing hereditary cancer
Cervivor – Support for survivors and patients of cervical cancer
Cancer Support Community- Gilda’s Club Worldwide — Support for cancer patients or their loved ones by phone, online and in person.
Red Door Community – formerly Gilda’s Club NYC — Welcoming communities of free emotional and social support for everyone living with cancer – women, men, teens, children and their families.