Is uterine cancer a common version of gynecologic cancer?

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Most women are surprised to learn 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 rates for women diagnosed before the cancer has spread is 95%. 

This content orignally appeared on doctoroz.com.
Sharyn N. Lewin, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Cancer of the uterus (womb) is the most common gynecological cancer of the reproductive organs in women.

Uterine cancer follows fourth behind breast, lung and colon-rectal cancer, affecting over 35,000 women each year.

Uterine cancer is considered the most common form of gynecologic cancer. . About 23 in 100,000 women in the U.S. develop uterine cancer each year. This type of cancer can be hard to detect via pelvic exam, so other tests, such as ultrasounds, MRIs, CT scans, or X-rays may be necessary

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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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