14 Nov 2016
A Conversation About Women’s Health Hosted by Carol Van Andel, here are some key facts about endometrial cancer (source: American Cancer Society and Mayo Clinic):In the United States, endometrial cancer (which originates in the lining of the uterus) is the most common cancer of the female reproductive organs, and mainly affects postmenopausal women aged 60 and older. Endometrial cancer (sometimes called uterine cancer), is very treatable if detected early and can often be eliminated before tumors spread. As we prepare for this week’s luncheon,
- Women older than 60 are at the greatest risk of developing endometrial cancer
- Women who began menstruating before age 12 or who start menopause later have an increased risk.
- Changes in the body’s hormonal balance plays a role, specifically when something (such as a disease or other condition) causes the amount of estrogen to increase but not the level of progesterone (read more here)
- Some of the most common symptoms include vaginal bleeding, spotting, or discharge, particularly after menopause
- Pelvic pain, a mass (tumor), and unexpected weight loss are also common symptoms
- Family history (having close relatives with endometrial or colorectal cancer), a previous diagnosis of breast or ovarian cancer; diabetes; and polycystic ovary syndrome all may increase risk