Is uterine cancer a common version of gynecologic cancer?

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

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.
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

Continue Learning about Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer

Where does cancer of the uterus start?
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MDDr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cancer of the uterus most often begins in the endometrium, which is the lining where a fertilized eg...
More Answers
Can I still have children after treatment for uterine cancer?
MountainView HospitalMountainView Hospital
Precautions are taken when treating uterine cancer to preserve organs. Freezing eggs is also an opti...
More Answers
Where does endometrial cancer spread?
Kristine A. Borrison, MDKristine A. Borrison, MD
Endometrial cancer will typically spread first into the uterine wall. Listen as gynecologist Kristin...
More Answers
Can a Person Get Endometrial Cancer from Consuming Sugary Drinks?
Can a Person Get Endometrial Cancer from Consuming Sugary Drinks?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.