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Reproductive Cancer Facts

Genetic and Ovarian Cancer

Answers to commonly asked questions about genetics and ovarian cancer. Read more >>

Preventing Cervical Cancer Q&A

Commonly asked questions about preventing cervical cancer are answered by Dr. Chris Awtrey, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Dr. Hope Ricciotti, Obstetrician/Gynecologist, The Dimock Center. Read more >>

Uterine Cancer: Who's At Risk?

No one knows the exact causes of uterine cancer, but women who get this disease are more likely than other women to have certain risk factors. Most women who have known risk factors do not get uterine cancer. On the other hand, many who do get this disease have none of these factors. Doctors can seldom explain why one woman gets uterine cancer and another does not. Read more >>

FAQs about Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer may affect women of any age group, although it is more common in post-menopausal women. The type of ovarian cancer which occurs in adults is usually of the "epithelial" variety, a term which refers to the fact that this tumor starts in the surface epithelial covering of the ovary. Other types of ovarian tumors may develop, depending upon which type of cell gives rise to the cancer. It is important to distinguish between these various types of ovarian tumors, since the treatment approach may differ. Read more >>

Q&A: Oral Contraceptives and Cancer Risk

Oral contraceptives (OCs) first became available to American women in the early 1960s. The convenience, effectiveness, and reversibility of action of birth control pills (popularly known as "the pill") have made them the most popular form of birth control in the United States. However, concerns have been raised about the role that the hormones in OCs might play in a number of cancers, and how hormone-based OCs contribute to their development. Read more >>

Contact Information

Gynecologic Oncology
Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Shapiro Clinical Center, 8th floor
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215