COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - As September wraps up, it also brings an end to Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month.
However, doctors at Saint Francis are making one last push to inform the valley of its dangerous symptoms.
Doctors say there are five main gynecologic cancers which include ovarian, endometrial, cervical, vaginal, and vulvar.
Experts explain that ovarian cancer is most often the hardest to detect and is often found at advanced stages, which makes paying attention to symptoms sometimes the difference between life and death.
"We kind of use the catch phrase 'listen' because it whispers," said Dr. Gregory Sfakianos, gynecologic oncologist at St. Francis. "Patients may have just vague abdominal pain, discomfort, bloating, distension, changes in their bowel habits, usually with constipation, maybe more frequent urination."
Doctors say another big awareness campaign is just around the corner, with Breast Cancer Awareness initiatives launching in October.