Endometrial cancer is usually first detected
as adenocarcinoma, which originates in the surface cells of the endometrium.
The most common
type of gynecologic cancer, endometrial cancer accounts for almost
90% of cases found in the uterus or womb of post-menopausal women.
uterin sarcoma - which originates in the myometrium, (muscle tissue
surrounding the uterus) - accounts for less than 10% of uterine
cancer is usually first detected as adenocarcinoma, which originates
in the surface cells of the endometrium. Symptoms typically
begin with abnormal spotting or bleeding following menopause.
includes a D and C (dilation and curettage test) to detect any cancer
cells. If the disease is caught in its initial stages it is successfully
treated in almost all cases by hysterectomy (removal of the uterus)
either by traditional or less invasive laparoscopic surgery.
of endometrial cancer, seen in symptoms that include pelvic pain
or sudden and unexplained weight loss, is commonly treated with
more aggressive surgical procedures which may be followed by radiation
therapy or chemotherapy.
point to obesity as the greatest risk for developing endometrial
cancer, and strongly suggest a low-fat, high soy protein diet to
help reduce risk. Regular exercise and increasing the amount of
fresh fruit and vegetables in your diet have also been shown to
lower the risk of endometrial and other cancers.
endometrial cancer around the Web:
On the Web,
learn more about the disease at expert sites offering helpful information
on screening and testing for endometrial cancer, stages of the disease,
treatment options, follow-up care, plus where to find additional
resources and support ...
Women's Cancer Network - Uterine/Endometrial Cancer - Learn more at this extensive FAQ together with information on treatment options including chemotherapy,
radiation, hormone therapy, and surgeries, tips & advice on side
effects and follow-up care, and information on related research
and clinical trials.
Uterine Cancer - for patients - Here's a patient guide to
the topic with a brief overview, information on signs & symptoms,
stages and treatment from the National Cancer Institute.
Overview: Endometrial Cancer - Extensive guide from the American Cancer
Society features facts and information on risk factors & prevention, early
detection, diagnosis and staging, treatment options, after care,
questions to ask your doctor, statistics,
and related resources
Womb cancer (endometrial cancer) - This UK site offers a discussions
on causes & diagnosis, symptoms, staging and grading, surgery,
hormonal therapy, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, life after womb
cancer, with links to related local and national organizations,
resources & support.
is intended as reference and not as medical advice.
All treatment decisions should be made by medical professionals.