What is Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer?

Endometrial cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the uterus. The uterus is the hollow, pear-shaped pelvic organ where fetal development occurs. Endometrial cancer begins in the layer of cells that form the lining (endometrium) of the uterus. Endometrial cancer is sometimes called uterine cancer.

                                         What Are the Risk Factors for Endometrial Cancer?

Risk factors for endometrial cancer include obesity, use of estrogen without progesterone, diabetes, hypertension, tamoxifen use, and menopause. A great number of women diagnosed with endometrial cancer have already gone through menopause. Because of the lack of research UCAN strongly believes regardless of any of this if you have a uterus you could be at risk so talk about it at your next appointment! 

     Symptoms have included:

  • Heavy/Abnormal bleeding

  • Bleeding after menopause

  • Pelvic pain 

  • Discharge

  • Pelvic pressure

  • Pain during intercourse

     Some women experienced no symptoms at all! Contact your doctor with any questions or concerns!

Click below for information from the CDC regarding uterine/endometrial cancer:

https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/uterine/index.htm