Uterine cancer forms in the uterus (the womb) in the female reproductive system, and usually occurs after menopause. Uterine cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer for women after breast, lung and colon cancers.
There are different types of uterine cancer. The most common is endometrial cancer.
Uterine cancer symptoms may include:
- Unusual vaginal bleeding or discharge.
- Bleeding or spotting after menopause.
- Trouble urinating.
- Pelvic pain.
- Pain during intercourse.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, consult a MemorialCare Physician partner.
Risk Factors & Prevention
Women are at greater risk for uterine cancer if you:
- Have started menopause.
- Had many years of menstruation.
- Have never been pregnant.
- Had irregular ovulation.
- Are overweight.
- Have diabetes.
- Have taken estrogen-only replacement therapy.
- Have breast or ovarian cancer.
- Have a family history of ovarian cancer.
- Are Caucasian or African American.
The causes of uterine cancer are unknown. Estrogen levels may play a role in uterine cancer. Taking birth control pills may lower the risk for uterine cancer, even 10 years after treatment ceases.
Follow Up Care
Women Guiding Women - peer support