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endometrial cancer
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.

Less common, uterin sarcoma - which originates in the myometrium, (muscle tissue surrounding the uterus) - accounts for less than 10% of uterine cancers.

Endometrial 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.

Diagnose typically 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.

Later stages 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.

Health experts 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.


More about 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.

This information is intended as reference and not as medical advice.
All treatment decisions should be made by medical professionals.

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