Does my menstruation cycle affect my risk for uterine cancer?


Every time you menstruate, your body produces estrogen. An excessive amount of estrogen over the years can lead to uterine cancer. Therefore, the more times in your life you menstruate, the lager your risk may be for uterine cancer. If you began having periods at a young age, did not go through menopause until an older age, or have had consistently irregular periods, watch for symptoms of uterine cancer such as abnormal vaginal bleeding or pelvic pain. When you are aware of your symptoms and risk factors you can catch uterine cancer early, when the recovery rate is very high.

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Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer

Starting in the lining of a womans uterus, endometrial cancer is caused when your body has a hormonal imbalance.When you have too much of the hormone estrogen relative to the hormone progesterone, the lining of the uterus grows to...

o thick and allows tumors to grow. The hormonal imbalance may be caused by using estrogen to treat menopause or by having ovarian tumors that produce estrogen. Obesity also increases your risk; fat cells make extra estrogen that isnt balanced out with more progesterone. Hormonal birth control can reduce your risk of endometrial cancer, although keep in mind it has risks of its own. Studies show you can remain protected from this cancer for up to 10 years after you stop taking hormonal birth control. Call your doctor if you have vaginal bleeding or unexplained weight loss. When found early, endometrial cancer is very treatable. Aggressive treatments may include removal of parts of the female reproductive system, including the uterus and ovaries.

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