facebook pixel 5 Facts about Endometrial Cancer
Site Search
< Blog Home < Healthy Living

5 Facts about Endometrial Cancer

If you're a woman—especially if you're older than 45—it pays to know a few key facts about endometrial cancer, the most common cancer of the female reproductive organs.

Woman running, endometrial cancer facts

If this year is typical, about 58,000 women in the U.S—most of them postmenopausal and in their 60s—will learn they have endometrial cancer. Here are five top things to know about the disease.

1. It develops in the lining of the uterus—the endometrium

This cancer occurs when cells in the endometrium start growing too rapidly. As a result, the endometrium can thicken in certain places and eventually form a tumor.

2. Age isn't the only thing that raises your risk

Extra pounds also add to your chances of getting the disease. For example, if you're overweight or obese, you're 3½ times more likely to develop endometrial cancer than women at a healthy weight.

You're also more prone to endometrial cancer if you:

• Still have a uterus and use estrogen-only hormone therapy to treat menopause symptoms.

• Have polycystic ovary syndrome.

Related: The ABCDEs of Melanoma

3. Most women have early signs or symptoms

The most common sign—by far—is abnormal vaginal bleeding. About 90% of women with endometrial cancer experience it. If you're premenopausal, this bleeding includes periods that are heavier or longer than usual, bleeding between periods, or spotting. If you're past menopause, any bleeding is abnormal.

Be sure to tell your doctor right away about any abnormal bleeding, especially if you're postmenopausal. Sometimes a thin white or clear vaginal discharge after menopause is also a symptom so watch for this too.

Related: Are You at Risk for Breast Cancer?

4. Most women with endometrial cancer will have a good outcome

Treatment—typically surgery and possibly chemotherapy or radiation therapy—is very effective, especially when the disease is found early. That's why it's crucial go get any abnormal bleeding checked out.

5. You can lower your risk

Do your best to get to, and stay at, a healthy weight. And move more. Research suggests that the more active you are, the lower your chance of getting this cancer. Finally, if you still have a uterus and are considering hormone therapy after menopause, discuss the pros and cons with your doctor. And if you opt to use hormone therapy, be sure that it includes progesterone.

While you’re here, check out our other articles on healthy living. For information on our medical and dental plans, visit selecthealth.org/plans

References: American Academy of Family Physicians; American Cancer Society; American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; National Institutes of Health

You May Also Like...

Healthcare and Insurance Basics

How Knowing Your Health Plan Can Improve Your Experience at the Doctor’s Office

Here are my tips to help you have a better experience at your next doctor’s visit.

Nutrition and Diet

Baked Zucchini Fries

Who knew baked fries could be so scrumptious? Enjoy this healthy twist on an American favorite as a side dish or on their own.

In the Community

Is Your Organization Keeping Utah Healthy? Apply for Our Award

Each year, we recognize 20 organizations that are making a healthy difference in Utah to help support their missions.

Business

How We Care for More Than Our Members’ Physical Well-Being

Here’s how our care management program benefits all our members and how we take a longitudinal approach to care.

Related Articles

Related Articles

Healthy Living

5 Reasons Why Laughter Really Is the Best Medicine

Is laughter really the best medicine? We have 5 reasons that show that it could be as beneficial to your health as regular exercise and a proper diet.

Healthy Living

Why I Love Pilates

Why I fell in love with Pilates—longer, leaner muscles just to name a few.

Healthy Living

Simple Ways to Pamper Your Tired Feet

Are your feet always sore after a long day? We’ve got a few cheap and easy tricks to pamper them at the end of a grueling day.

Healthy Living

Living in the Now—Being Present

Reduce your anxiety, increase your productivity, and feel happier by learning to live in the moment.

Post Author

SelectHealth Staff