Cancer and Women


Women and Cancer

ACOG District II
Focus on Female Cancer Resource Guide

Comprehensive provider education on cancer and women
(2007 - 2010)



  • In the past 30 years, the use of the Pap test has successfully reduced cervical cancer deaths by nearly 74 percent. However, new technologies like HPV DNA testing, the introduction of new guidelines and the medical liability climate has created challenges in the screening and diagnosis of cervical cancer.
  • While only 5-10% of breast and ovarian cancer diagnoses are associated with inherited mutations in cancer susceptibility genes, it is important for health care practitioners to be able to identify individuals suggestive of hereditary cancer risk, as these individuals are at increased risk for multiple primary cancers as well as early age onset.
  • The challenge of maintaining effective lifelong surveillance for cancer survivors has become a new and increasingly frequent responsibility of women’s health care providers. In order to maximize the overall health and quality of life for these patients, a thorough understanding of cancer survivorship and oncology follow-up care is needed.
  • Colorectal cancer is both the nation’s third-leading cause of cancer mortality in women as well as one of the most preventable cancers. It is estimated more than 71,000 women developed CRC in the United States in 2009. This form of cancer takes the lives of more women each year than uterine, cervical, or ovarian cancer.


Cervical Cancer   Ovarian Cancer
Cancer Survivorship
  Colorectal Cancer
Additional Cancer and Women's Resources

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
409 12th Street SW, Washington, DC  20024-2188 | Mailing Address: PO Box 70620, Washington, DC 20024-9998