This cancer of the lining of the uterus will be diagnosed in nearly 40,000 American women each year.
Things that slightly increase risk include:
- Estrogen therapy without also taking progesterone
- Using tamoxifen for breast cancer treatment or to lower chance of breast cancer
- Early onset menstrual periods
- Late menopause
- History of infertility
- Never having had children
Also, women with a personal or family history of hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer are at greater risk of endometrial cancer.
What you can do
- Watch for symptoms, such as unusual spotting or bleeding unrelated to periods, and report these to your doctor
- At menopause, learn about the limitations and benefits of endometrial cancer testing.
- Note – the Pap test is good a finding cancer of the cervix, but it is not a reliable test for endometrial cancer.
- Endometrial Cancer: The VICC.ORG Directory of Cancers,Treatments, Services & Resources
- American Cancer Society
- American Society of Clinical Oncology
- Association of Cancer Online Resources
- Gilda's Club Nashville
- Hope Connection
- Patient and Family Resource Center
- Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
- Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center REACH for Survivorship Program
- Wellness Community