Endometrial Cancer | Did You Know?

Endometrial Cancer | Did You Know?


[Music] Did You Know? Video Series from
the National Cancer Institute: Endometrial Cancer Did you know that endometrial
cancer is the most common cancer of the female
reproductive system? The endometrium is the inner
layer, or lining, of the uterus, which is located in a
woman’s pelvis and is where a fetus grows
during pregnancy. The 5-year relative
survival rate for endometrial cancer is 82%. This means that, out of every
100 women diagnosed with endometrial cancer,
about 82 will still be alive 5 years after
being diagnosed. Because survival statistics are
based on large groups of people, they cannot be used to predict
exactly what will happen to an individual patient. Endometrial cancer is
most commonly diagnosed in women ages 55 to 64. White women have the highest
incidence rate of this cancer. However, the death rate for
black women is much higher than that for women of other
racial and ethnic groups. Research is being done to
understand the biological differences of cancer
among different racial and ethnic groups. Lack of medical coverage
and unequal access to improvements in cancer
treatment may contribute to these observed differences. Symptoms of endometrial cancer
include pelvic pain and unusual vaginal discharge,
including bleeding. Anything that increases
your chance of developing a disease is called
a risk factor. Obesity, high blood pressure,
and diabetes are factors that increase the chance
of endometrial cancer. Women taking estrogen
without progesterone for menopausal hormone therapy
have a higher likelihood of developing this cancer. Talk with your doctor
about your risk factors. Anything that decreases your
chances of developing a disease is called a protective factor. Endometrial cancer
protective factors include: Taking oral contraceptives, Pregnancy and breastfeeding, Being physically active, And keeping a balanced diet. Avoiding risk factors and
increasing protective factors may lower your risk. For more information on
endometrial cancer, go to cancer.gov or
call 1-800-4-CANCER. For more cancer statistics,
go to seer.cancer.gov. [Music]

2 Replies to “Endometrial Cancer | Did You Know?”

  1. For more statistics on endometrial cancer, visit http://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/corp.html

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