What causes stage 4 uterine cancer?


Uterine cancer usually begins in the lining of the uterus. An excess of the hormone estrogen is thought to cause cells in the uterine lining to divide at a high rate, which can lead to uterine cancer. This excess of estrogen can result from environmental or genetic factors, so if a close family member has had uterine cancer, you should watch for symptoms and discuss the disease with your doctor. Stage 4 uterine cancer occurs if the cancer is not treated at an earlier stage. If uterine cancer is treated early, the recovery rate is high and you can prevent the disease from progressing to stage 4.

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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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