LUFKIN, TX (News Release) - As part of National Women's Health Awareness Month, Memorial continues its "Women's Works" series Wednesday with information on gynecological cancer and hormone replacement therapy. The premier luncheon series, which is highlighting some of the most common health concerns among women today, features local obstetricians and gynecologists. Dr. Carolyn Moyers will host tomorrow's informal discussion on what women should know about hormone replacement and various cancers that affect the female reproductive system.
Why should women attend? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are five main types of cancer that affect a woman's reproductive organs: cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar. The most recent data available shows that in 2007 about 81,000 women in the United States were diagnosed with a gynecological cancer and approximately 28,000 actually died from the disease.
Another important topic is Hormone Replacement Therapy, which is used to treat menopausal symptoms, and widely prescribed by physicians. Is it right for you? Hormone replacement therapy — medications containing female hormones to replace the ones the body no longer makes after menopause — has been a standard treatment for women with hot flashes and other menopause symptoms. Dr. Moyers will address the pros and cons of this therapy and discuss possible alternatives to alleviating menopausal symptoms.