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Woman of all ages can count on Planned Parenthood for any well-woman needs.

GYN cancer affects women of all ages and walks of life. The broad classification includes five main and most common types of cancer that are associated with a woman's reproductive organs: cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, women over 40 are often at higher risk for ovarian and uterine cancer, but HPV is also a leading risk factor for all females. The human papillomavirus (HPV), a common virus that can be passed from one person to another during sex, is the main cause of cervical cancer and also causes many vaginal and vulvar cancers.

Additionally, it is important to keep up with yearly exams because every 6 out of 10 cervical cancers occur in women who have never received a Pap test or have not been tested in the past five years.

“Planned Parenthood prides itself on serving women of all ages for their varying needs,” says Paula Gianino, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region. “We encourage women to educate themselves and to take control of their sexual health with preventative screenings.”

Planned Parenthood offers gynecological exams, cancer screenings, birth control services, as well as the HPV vaccine for females from 9 to 26 years old. Learn more about prevention at www.plannedparenthood.org/stlouis, or call 1.800.230.PLAN to schedule an appointment for any well-woman needs at one of the six health centers.

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