Gestational Trophoblastic Disease

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Gestational Trophoblastic Disease Green. Blue. Purple. Orange. Yellow. Red. Pink. Teal. Peach. Gray. What do all these colors have in common? Each color symbolizes the ribbons our nation proudly uses to help educate and raise awareness about cancer. Each ribbon symbolizes a family member, friend, co-worker, significant other, and/or neighbor who suffer from some form of cancer. Many different varieties of cancers are widely known; however, cases show that Gestational Trophoblastic Diseases are extremely rare but potentially dangerous forms of uterine cancer that can affect pregnant woman during the beginning stages throughout fertilization (Gestational Trophoblastic Disease, 2012). There are two forms of the Gestational Trophoblastic Disease, Hydatidiform mole is a non-cancerous form, where a fetus may or may-not develop. Out of all the types of uterine cancers presently known, Hydatidiform Mole¬¬--commonly known as a “molar pregnancy”--affects one out of every 1,000 pregnancies (Hydatidiform Mole, 2012). Choriocarcinoma is the cancerous form and is even less common by affecting roughly two to seven pregnancies out of 100,000 in the United States. In addition, choriocarcinoma molar pregnancies are more common in Mexico, Southeast Asia, the Philippines, and African countries. Furthermore, Caucasian women in the Unites States are at higher risk than African American Women. Consequently, women over the age of 40 or women who have had prior molar pregnancies or miscarriages
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