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We as a medical profession continue to strive to provide holistic care for women at risk of, and diagnosed with, gynaecological cancers and cancers in pregnancy.

RANZCOG

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Gynaecological cancers represent a large burden of disease for women and their carers in Australia and New Zealand. In 2017, with 5,823 new cases, they accounted for 9.3% of cancers diagnosed in women, with uterine cancers being the most common. By 2021 it was estimated that the risk of having a gynaecological cancer was 1 in 23 (4.4%) by the time a woman reaches 85 years of age. Globally, a cancer diagnosis will also be made in 1 in 2000 pregnancies with the majority of these being breast cancers and accordingly the need for consensus guidelines for pregnant women with cancer is increasingly recognised.

This issue of O&G Magazine brings together experts in our speciality for an in-depth look at the ongoing advocacy and dedicated research in this field.

Feature articles from this issue

Fertility preservation prior to cancer
A fertility preservation discussion with reproductive-age patients with a cancer diagnosis allows autonomous decision making in a timely fashion to prevent any regret, remorse or medico-legal implications.
Managing uncertainty: the challenge of change
A cancer diagnosis is a time of great uncertainty, and patients may need help with managing the resultant stress and anxiety.
Ovarian cancer screening
Currently, evidence does not support ovarian cancer screening in healthy, asymptomatic women regardless of their level of risk. Many patients believed that screening would improve survival and overestimated their personal risk of ovarian cancer.

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