What is the difference between low-grade and high-grade uterine sarcoma?

When a biopsy or dilatation and curettage is done to take a tissue sample from the uterus, it is then analyzed under a microscope. If uterine sarcoma is present, it is classified as low-grade or high-grade. If few cancer cells are present, then it is called low-grade. If the tissue contains many cancer cells, it is called high-grade. High-grade sarcomas are considered more serious as they grow very quickly.

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Gynecologic Cancers

Gynecologic cancers occur when abnormal cells form in the tissues of the female reproductive system, which includes the cervix, uterus and ovaries.Six common types of cancers affect women: breast, cervical, uterine, ovarian, vagin...

al and vulvar. See your gynecologist if you notice vaginal bleeding, have unusual vaginal discharge, feel pelvic pain or have pain while having sex. Gynecologic cancers can grow slowly or quickly, depending on where tumors grow in our bodies. Although some precancerous cells take years to turn cancerous, an annual test called a Pap smear can help detect changes in your cervix. Schedule an annual exam with your gynecologist today, and always check your breasts monthly for unusual lumps. If these cancers are not caught early, aggressive treatments may be needed, such as removal of parts of the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are also commonly used to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors.
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