Endometrial Cancer

Endometrial cancer refers to several types of malignancies that arise from the endometrium, or lining, of the uterus. Endometrial cancers are the most common gynecologic cancers in the United States, with over 35,000 women diagnosed each year. The incidence is on a slow rise secondary to the obesity epidemic. The most common subtype, endometrioid adenocarcinoma, typically occurs within a few decades of menopause, is associated with obesity, excessive estrogen exposure, often develops in the setting of endometrial hyperplasia, and presents most often with vaginal bleeding. Endometrial carcinoma is the third most common cause of gynecologic cancer death (behind ovarian and cervical cancer). A total abdominal hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus) with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy is the most common therapeutic approach.

Endometrial cancer may sometimes be referred to as uterine cancer. However, different cancers may develop not only from the endometrium itself but also from other tissues of the uterus, including cervical cancer, sarcoma of the myometrium, and trophoblastic disease.

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Combined Oral Contraceptive Pill - Serious Side Effects - Cancer
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... PCOS is associated with a possibly increased risk of endometrial cancer as well as decreased fertility ... It is unknown whether the risk of ovarian cancer is increased, decreased or unchanged in transgender men compared to women ... It is unlikely to be determined in the near future because ovarian cancer is a relatively rare disease and the population of transgender men is too small to ...
Hormone Replacement Therapy (menopause) - Health Effects - Endometrial Effects
... has been linked to an increased incidence of endometrial cancer, the specific subtype is usually stage I, or in situ, and has extremely low morbidity and mortality, and studies in American women ... women who take estrogen and develop endometrial cancer have high survival rates than women who do not take hormonal therapy at all, which was due to the preventive effect of ... of endogenous estrogens without a progestogen) can also result in endometrial hyperplasia, a precursor to endometrial cancer ...
Endometrial Cancer - Epidemiology
... It's the most frequent cancer occurring in the female genital tract in the United States and many other Western countries ... perimenopausal women with estrogen excess and in older women with endometrial atrophy ...

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