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Endometrial Cancer Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment and Risk Factors

  • Symptoms: The most common symptom of endometrial cancer is post-menopausal abnormal vaginal bleeding.
  • Diagnosis: To diagnose endometrial cancer, your doctor will remove tissue from your uterine lining to biopsy for cancer cells.
  • Treatment: The most common treatment for endometrial cancer is surgery to remove the uterus, cervix, ovaries, and fallopian tubes. Your doctor may also recommend radiation, chemotherapy, and hormone therapy.
  • Risk Factors: The primary cause of endometrial cancer is too much estrogen in relation to progesterone in a woman’s body. Estrogen causes the lining of the uterus to grow thicker, while progesterone thins the lining. When this imbalance of estrogen and progesterone occurs, the lining of the uterus becomes too thick, sometimes causing the endometrial cells to turn cancerous.
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