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
- 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
- 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.