Endometrial cancer is the most common type of uterine cancer. Most cases of endometrial cancer occur between the ages of 60 and 70 years, but a few cases may occur before age 40.
Although the exact cause of endometrial cancer is unknown, increased levels of estrogen appear to play a role. Estrogen helps stimulate the buildup of the lining of the uterus. Studies have shown that high levels of estrogen in animals results in excessive endometrial growth and cancer.
The best way to prevent uterine cancer is to have yearly pelvic exams and an endometrial biopsy if you are at risk of developing the disease. The Norton Cancer Institute Resource Centers provide information about cancer screenings, testing, assessments and follow-up to help determine your risk for cancer. For more information, please call (502) 629-5500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. One of our healthcare professionals will respond within 48 hours. Exceptions may include weekends and holidays.
Norton Cancer Institute also offers a full range of uterine cancer treatment options, as well as ongoing support for patients and families. For more information about our comprehensive care, or to make an appointment, please call (502) 629-1234 or find a gynencologic oncologist.
About Uterine Cancer
Uterine Cancer Risk Factors
According to the American Cancer Society, the following groups have an increased risk of developing uterine cancer:
- Women who have radiation treatment in the pelvic region
- African-American women are at a higher risk for leiomyosarcoma, a specific type of uterine cancer
- Women older than 50
- Women who are obese
- Women who have had estrogen replacement therapy
- Women who have taken Tamoxifen
- Women who are infertile
- Women who have diabetes
- Women who began menstruating earlier than age 12 or who started menopause before age 40 are at higher risk for endometrial cancer, a type of uterine cancer
Uterine Cancer Symptoms
The most common symptoms include:
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding, spotting or other discharge
- Pelvic pain
- Weight loss