What is stage 3 uterine cancer?

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Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Stage III uterine cancer has spread outside the uterus, but not outside the pelvis or to the bladder or rectum. Watch Dr. Oz talk about stages of uterine cancer.


Stage 3 uterine cancer is the third phase of four phases of cancer of the uterus. Uterine cancer is also referred to as endometrial cancer. In stage 3 uterine cancer, the disease has spread to the cervix. Cancer has also spread to other areas of the pelvis in stage 3, which can include the vagina, other nearby tissue, and even lymph nodes. However, cancer cells have still not spread to the bladder, intestines, or other, more distant parts of the body in stage 3.

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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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