Sometimes called endometrial cancer, uterine cancer is the most common form of gynecological cancer. It grows in the tissue that lines the inner portion of the uterus. Endometrial cancer affects mainly post-menopausal females. According to The American Cancer Society, the average age of individuals diagnosed with endometrial cancer is 60. It's uncommon in people under the age of 45. Uterine cancer is more common in Black females than White females, and Black females are more likely to die from it.
What are the signs and symptoms of uterine cancer?
Abnormal bleeding, spotting or discharge
Pelvic pain/feeling of mass
Unexplained weight loss
If you experience any symptoms as outlined above, talk to your provider. Remember that regular screening and listening to your body are key to cancer prevention and long-term wellness.
Use of estrogen therapy
Higher total number of menstrual cycles
Lack of pregnancy
Use of tamoxifen, a drug used to treat breast cancer
Polycystic ovarian syndromes (PCOS)
An unhealthy diet
Prior pelvic radiation therapy
Family history of uterine cancer
The primary form of treatment for uterine cancer is surgery. In most cases, a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus and cervix) is performed. Depending on the individual case and the stage of cancer, radiation and/or chemotherapy may be recommended.
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