What is endometrial (uterine) cancer?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Uterine cancer is cancer of the uterus. It is also referred to as endometrial cancer. Uterine cancer generally affects women who have already gone through menopause. If caught and treated early, most women can fully recover from the disease.

Dr. Sharyn N. Lewin, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrician & Gynecologist)

Abnormal cells or cancer may start growing in the uterus or womb. Over 95 percent of uterine cancers actually form in the lining (endometrium) of the uterus. Your doctor may use uterine cancer or endometrial cancer interchangeably.

The endometrium is the lining of the uterus, a hollow, muscular organ in a woman's pelvis. The uterus is where a fetus grows. In most non pregnant women, the uterus is about 3 inches long. The lower, narrow end of the uterus is the cervix, which leads to the vagina. Cancer of the endometrium is different from cancer of the muscle of the uterus, which is called sarcoma of the uterus.

This answer is based on source information from the National Cancer Institute.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

Cancer of the uterus is cancer of the womb, the hollow, pear-shaped organ in a woman where a developing baby grows. It is also called uterine cancer and endometrial cancer. Watch me talk about cancer of the uterus.

Uterine cancer is the most common gynecological cancer, and it's most common in postmenopausal women.

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