Endometrial Cancer

Endometrial cancer, which is cancer to the uterus, is a very common cancer for women.  There are about 40,000 women diagnosed with endometrial cancer each year, making it the fourth most common cancer among women, below breast cancer, lung cancer, and colon cancer.  Endometrial cancer affects the lining of the uterus and is most common among older women between the ages of 60 and 70, usually after women’s reproductive years.  Endometrial cancer occurs when the uterus and other areas surrounding the uterus, such as the myometrial cells become affected with the cancerous cells.

The good thing about endometrial cancer is that it usually can be detected early because of symptoms such as vaginal bleeding that occurs either between periods or after menopause.  If endometrial cancer is discovered early, it can usually be treated.  In fact, about 90 percent of endometrial cancer cases can be treated if caught in stage I.  In the early stages of endometrial cancer, the disease is usually cured by removing the uterus, but if the cancer spreads to other parts of the body is can be increasingly difficult to cure.

Some symptoms of endometrial cancer include vaginal bleeding that occurs between periods or after menopause, pelvic pain, pain during intercourse, and weight loss.  If someone is experiencing some or all of the symptoms of endometrial cancer, it is important that they get checked out by their doctor quickly; because the chances of getting rid of endometrial cancer decrease drastically the later it is detected.  Because this is true of most cancers, it is important that women get annual gynecological examine even after menopause, to insure that they are healthy.  If caught early, endometrial cancer can be treated and cured.  Out of the 40,000 people diagnosed with this cancer, about 7,000 women die each year from the disease.

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