Lydia Brain has had heavy periods since she was a teenager. In her early 20s, they got so heavy that she would regularly bleed through her clothes in public—but Lydia never imagined it was a sign of endometrial cancer.
Everything you should know, from symptoms to risk factors to treatment, about the uterine cancer that claims thousands every year.
Since endometrial cancer is a fairly common cancer in women, the more women know the facts about this disease, the greater their chance of knowing what symptoms to be aware of in order to have it diagnosed as early as possible, improving the likelihood of survival.
Black women who get endometrial cancer are more likely to have aggressive tumors, and more likely to die of the disease.
Since the 1960s, an uneasy question has been whispered among medical communities, media, and feminist circles: Could the birth control pill—arguably the most important innovation for women of the 20th century, if not the past 2,000 years—cause cancer?
It's nearly impossible to make a decision about Hormone Replacement on your own. The data continues to conflict and so much of the decision is based on individual circumstances.
Most women are surprised when I tell them that endometrial (uterine) cancer, not ovarian cancer, is the most common gynecologic malignancy and the fourth most common cancer in women. The reason uterine cancer is not the first to come to mind is that since most uterine cancer is diagnosed in its early stages, comparatively few women die from it. Five-year survival for women diagnosed before the cancer has spread is 95%.
Many people have a “Why me?” feeling when they learn they’ve been diagnosed with cancer. When Yvette was diagnosed with stage two uterine cancer, she felt the opposite.
“Why not me? One in every three women will get the endometrial cancers. In three of us, in three women that I know, I’m the one that got it,” Yvette reflected. “I would rather fight than see someone else fight.”
The other really really important tidbit I wanted to include in this blog is that vaginal bleeding after intercourse is never normal........well except for the first time....
and I doubt that there are many first timers here.
In younger women, post coital bleeding (bleeding after intercourse) is a sign of cervical cancer and NEEDS TO BE CHECKED with a pap test
In women my age and older post coital bleeding is one of many signs of endometrial cancer, and needs to be checked with an Endometrial biopsy. PERIOD!
The Teal Diaries is Jacqueline’s first blog, offering readers a deeply personal exploration of her ongoing cancer journey. Her battle with the disease began in late 2011 when she was diagnosed with both uterine and ovarian cancer.
What to do? What to ask your doctor?
The cancer cells in the biopsy sample will be graded. This helps doctors know how fast the cancer is likely to grow and spread. Cancer cells are graded based on how much they look like normal cells. Grades 1, 2, and 3 are used.
Endometrial cancer (uterine cancer) is the most common gynecologic cancer that occurs in the United States; and arises from abnormal cells that develop within the inside lining of the uterus. It occurs most often after menopause, but may also be diagnosed before menopause.
There are different types of uterine cancer. The most common type starts in the endometrium, the lining of the uterus. This type of cancer is sometimes called endometrial cancer.
Information about treatment, including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, and vaccine therapy.
Endometrial cancer is a type of tumour that arises in the tissue lining the uterus. Most endometrial cancers are adenocarcinomas; that is, cancers formed from cells that make and release mucus and other fluids.