Aspirus Health encourages women to receive regular gynecologic cancer screenings

Each year in the United States, nearly 90,000 women are diagnosed with gynecological cancers, and over 29,000 die from them, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month and Aspirus Health would like to educate women about the warning signs and the importance of early detection.


“Gynecologic cancer is any cancer that starts in a woman’s reproductive organs, including ovarian, uterine, and cervical cancer. All women are at risk for developing one or more of these cancers, and risk increases with age,” says Dr. Evon Schexnaydre, an Aspirus Board-Certified OB/GYN. “Regular screenings and exams can help detect certain types of gynecologic cancers in earlier stages, when treatment is most effective.”


Pelvic exams are important to assess your gynecological health and help detect early-stage cancer. These may be done during an annual exam, or your provider may recommend one if you are experiencing unusual symptoms. A Pap test, which screens for cervical cancer, is often performed along with a pelvic exam, depending on your risk factors.


Dr. Schexnaydre adds that, “women should follow their provider’s direction on timing of pelvic exams and Pap tests based on their individual risk factors and symptoms.”


The CDC suggests that anyone who experiences warning signs that are abnormal for them for two weeks or longer should see their provider. Common symptoms of gynecologic cancers include:


  • Pelvic pain or pressure that doesn’t go away, and you don’t know why
  • Feeling too full, too fast, even when you eat just a little
  • Unusual vaginal bleeding, like having longer or heavier periods than what’s normal for you, or bleeding after you’ve gone through menopause
  • Unexplained weight loss or weight gain
  • Bowel or bladder changes

“Some women have continued to put off their wellness exams since the COVID-19 pandemic started,” adds Dr. Schexnaydre. “These exams and preventative screenings can be lifesaving. The sooner something is caught, the sooner it can be treated.”


Dr. Evon Schexnaydre sees patients at Aspirus Rhinelander Clinic (715-361-4700), Aspirus Woodruff Clinic – Maple Street (715-356-8140) and Aspirus Langlade Hospital (715-623-2331). To find a provider in your area, visit