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How women can discover ‘silent killers’ before being diagnosed

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Female cancers are often called silent killers because they have few symptoms until they are in their advanced stages.

However, experts say it doesn’t have to be that way.

Dr. Angela Marshall, with Comprehensive Women’s Health, said, “So most gynecological cancers have no symptoms or have symptoms that are overlooked. So it’s really important for women to first of all know their bodies well.”

Doctors say that can be easier said than done.

Dr. Marshall said, “Women tend to take such good care of everyone else, they often put themselves last on the list. So I think the most important message is to encourage women to take care of themselves, take time for themselves and make time for preventive health.”

Experts say women should undergo regular pelvic exams, pap smears and HPV testing to prevent gynecological cancers.

Researchers say women should also know their cholesterol level, blood pressure readings and sugar counts to avoid diabetes, stroke and heart disease.