Uterine Cancer News

Uterine cancer affects the uterus, the pear-shaped organ in a woman's pelvis where a baby grows during pregnancy. The lining of the uterus is called the endometrium, and because this is where the cancer often forms, uterine cancer is also commonly referred to as endometrial cancer.

Risk Factors and Symptoms

Uterine cancer typically occurs in older women, after menopause has occurred. Another risk factor for uterine cancer is a condition called hyperplasia, which occurs when there is an increase in cells lining the uterus. This leads to heavy periods, bleeding between periods and even bleeding after menopause.

Other factors in women's reproductive history can also affect their risk for uterine cancer. For example, starting menstrual periods before age 12 or going through menopause after age 55 put women at greater risk. Not giving birth to children also increases uterine cancer risk. Obesity, a family history of certain diseases, being treated with tamoxifen or pelvic radiation and taking estrogen-only hormone therapy can also lead to a higher risk.

The warning signs of uterine cancer are easy to spot. Typically, they involve abnormal vaginal bleeding, especially after menopause, as well as pain in the area and pain during intercourse.

Treatment of Uterine Cancer

A hysterectomy, an operation to remove the uterus and the surrounding tissues, is the most common way to treat uterine cancer. Other organs may also need to be removed along with the uterus, including part of the vagina, the fallopian tubes, the ovaries and any surrounding lymph nodes. Often, this surgery will also require follow-up treatments of radiation therapy, chemotherapy or hormone therapy to kill cancer cells that may have migrated to organs and tissues surrounding the uterus.

SOURCES: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; U.S. National Cancer Institute

Date Posted
Article Title
3/31/2017
Survival Continues to Improve for Most Cancers

Still, more progress is needed and racial disparities remain, U.S. report finds

3/1/2017
Another Study Ties Obesity to Certain Cancers

Digestive organs may be hardest hit by too much weight, study suggests

1/5/2017
U.S. Cancer Death Rates Continue to Fall: Report

Researchers credit declines in smoking, better detection and treatment

6/30/2016
Gene Tied to Breast Cancer Raises Uterine Cancer Risk Too

Women with BRCA1 may want to consider preventive removal of uterus, researcher says

6/23/2016
Healthy Living Slashes Cancer Risk

The 'good' life cuts tumor odds up to 45 percent and risk of cancer death up to 61 percent, study finds

3/1/2016
Is Type 1 Diabetes Linked to Raised Risk of Certain Cancers?

Study suggests, but doesn't prove, that odds increase for some types of tumors, but drop for others

2/22/2016
Racial Gap in U.S. Cancer Deaths Is Narrowing: Report

But black women still more susceptible to breast cancer, black men to colon cancer

8/19/2015
Black Women Less Likely to Survive Uterine Cancer, Study Finds

Researchers want to investigate possible molecular differences in tumors from women of different races

6/15/2015
Many U.S. Women Live Far From Gynecologic Cancer Care

Long distances may impede evaluation, treatment, researcher says

6/15/2015
Smoking Blamed for Half of Deaths From Major Cancers in People Over 35

Eighty percent of lung cancer deaths linked to smoking, researchers say

5/28/2015
Mediterranean Diet Tied to Lower Odds of Uterine Cancer

Women who followed it most closely saw significant reduction in risk, study suggests

2/19/2015
Low Cancer Risk With Device Used to Remove Fibroids, Study Finds

Researchers call the findings 'reassuring,' but FDA warnings remain for older women

1/13/2015
Cluster of Heart Risk Factors Tied to Uterine Cancer Risk

Excess weight likely a big factor, but other conditions also appear to matter

11/24/2014
FDA Adds 'Boxed Warning' to Devices Used to Remove Uterine Fibroids

Risk of spreading unsuspected cancers prompted new warnings, agency says

7/31/2014
J&J Pulls Hysterectomy Tool Tied to Cancer Risk From Market

Controversial device had been used for minimally invasive hysterectomies, uterine fibroid removal

7/22/2014
Technique Used in Some Hysterectomies May Help Spread Cancer: Study

Cutting uterus into smaller fragments for minimally invasive removal can disperse undetected malignancy

7/14/2014
FDA Advisers Weigh Risks of Procedure for Removal of Uterine Fibroids

No guarantee that devices won't increase chances of spreading cancer to other parts of a woman's body, experts say

7/2/2014
'Generally Reassuring' Findings on Fertility Drugs, Women's Cancers

But researchers still urge long-term monitoring

6/30/2014
Most Women Don't Need Regular Pelvic Exams, New Guidelines State

Review found no evidence they benefit many women, but cervical cancer screening still needed

6/16/2014
Study Ties Too Much Sitting to Risks for Certain Cancers

Those with the most chair time had worse odds for colon, endometrial cancers, researchers suggest

4/17/2014
FDA Warns Against Procedure for Uterine Fibroids

'Laparoscopic power morcellation' may increase women's cancer risk, agency says

4/8/2014
Could Daughter's Cancer Risk Be Affected by Father's Age at Birth?

Early study tied younger dads to higher odds of breast, ovarian tumors, and older dads to increased risk of uterine disease

3/24/2014
For Women's Cancers, Where You're Treated Matters

Patients at highest-volume hospitals live more than a year longer on average, study finds

2/24/2014
Ovarian Cancer Gene May Point to Early Removal of Ovaries: Study

In particular, women with BRCA1 mutation should have surgery by age 35, researchers say

9/11/2013
Nearly 60 Percent of Uterine Cancer Cases Preventable: Report

Women who exercise, maintain healthy weight and drink coffee daily may cut their risk

4/17/2013
Vitamin D May Help Prevent Uterine Fibroids

Women with adequate levels of the nutrient less likely to get the noncancerous growths, study shows

2/21/2013
Cancer Rates Vary Widely by State, Race: CDC Report

Latest data from 2009 cites 1.5 million new cases diagnosed; prostate and breast tumors most common

1/9/2013
Pap Test Could Spot Some Ovarian Cancers, Study Finds

Widely used to detect cervical cancer, it might be much-needed screening option for other diseases

1/8/2013
Keeping Fit May Boost Survival With Endometrial Cancer

Study found higher death risk for those who were overweight, physically inactive

1/7/2013
U.S. Cancer Death Rates Continue to Fall: Report

But, for some hard-to-treat cancers, deaths are increasing

7/27/2012
Childbirth After 30 Lowers Risk of Endometrial Cancer: Study

Women who gave last birth after age 40 were even less likely to develop disease

4/2/2012
Long-Term Estrogen Therapy Does Up Breast Cancer Risk: Study

Data from government-funded study contradicts earlier findings on menopause treatment

3/7/2012
Estrogen-Only Therapy May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

Study looked at women with hysterectomy taking hormones for menopause symptoms

12/21/2011
Research Sheds Light on Gene Mutation's Role in Rare Tumors

Findings could spur new treatments for more common cancers, study suggests

12/13/2011
Type of Muscular Dystrophy Linked to Raised Cancer Risk

Researchers urge people with myotonic muscular dystrophy to get recommended cancer screenings

11/22/2011
Study Links Coffee to Lower Risk of Endometrial Cancer

Women who drank at least 4 cups a day had lower disease rates, but cause-and-effect unproven

2/16/2011
Sexual Issues Often Unaddressed in Women Who Survive Cancer

Doctors discuss sex with prostate cancer survivors, but not women who have cancer, researchers say

12/10/2010
Rare Genetic Syndrome May Increase Colon Cancer Risk

People with Cowden syndrome should start colorectal screenings in their 30s, expert says

9/29/2010
IUD Proposed to Treat Uterine Cancer

Device releases progestin hormone and helps younger women delay hysterectomy, preserve fertility, researchers say

4/19/2010
Raloxifene, Tamoxifen Both Guard Against Breast Cancer

But first drug helps prevent noninvasive disease more and has fewer side effects, study finds

11/4/2009
New HPV Vaccine Might Stop Vulvar Cancer in its Tracks

Working differently than Gardasil, Cervarix, it targets inside of virus, study shows

1/27/2009
Ovary Removal May Not Be Needed in Endometrial Cancer

In women 45 and younger, study finds no survival difference when ovaries left intact

4/15/2008
Women's Awareness of Cancer Risk Linked to Race, Ethnicity

Study finds these factors influence how likely they are to undergo screenings

4/2/2008
Topical Cream Treats Precancerous Lesions of Vulva

Researchers note invasive surgery is currently the most common treatment

10/26/2007
Survey Finds Many Women Misinformed About Cancer

Deaths rates could be cut with more testing and early detection

4/20/2007
Studies Assess Risk of Developing Primary, Secondary Cancers

Genetics, lifestyle, environment interact to cause disease, researchers say

9/25/2006
Uterine Cancer Survival Worse for Black Women

Even with similar prognosis and treatment, white women live a bit longer, study finds

6/5/2006
Cervical Cancer Vaccine Also Protects Against Vaginal Cancers

Researchers at ASCO report that Gardasil was almost totally effective against pre-cancerous lesions

1/24/2006
Radiation Increases Survival for Early Stage Endometrial Cancer

Women with stage 1 disease may benefit from the therapy, study suggests

1/18/2006
Hysterectomy Reduces Cancer Odds for High-Risk Women

Those with Lynch syndrome may benefit from removal of uterus and ovaries, study reports