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Uterine Cancer

What is Uterine Cancer?

  • Uterine cancer begins in the endometrium, the inner lining of the uterus.

What are the Risk Factors?

  • Being older than 50
  • Obesity
  • Having type 2 diabetes
  • Family history with uterine and colorectal cancer
  • Having had breast or overian cancer
  • Using things that affect hormone levels: taking tamoxifen, birth control pills after menopause, polycystic ovarian syndrome.
  • Having had treatment for another cancer with radiation therapy to the pelvis
  • Having had endometrial hyperplasia.

How do you Reduce the Risk?

  • Maintain your healthy weight
  • Be physically active
  • Pregnancy
  • Use a birth control pill or intrauterine device

What are the Signs?

  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • Abnormal Vaginal discharge
  • Pain in the Pelvis

How is it Screened?

  • There is no particular way to screen uterine cancer.
  • However, an endometrial biopsy or a transvaginal ultrasound may be ordered by your doctor if needed.

How is it Treated?

  • Surgery, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and radiotherapy can be used as treatment.
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