At Kaiser Permanente medical offices, our team of cancer specialists and surgical gynecologists work together to provide coordinated care to our patients with uterine cancer. We use the latest research and technology to make sure that each patient receives a treatment plan tailored to her individual needs.
Uterine cancer is also known as endometrial cancer and cancer of the uterus (womb). This cancer happens when abnormal cells in the lining of the uterus, called the endometrium, grow out of control.
Uterine cancer is more common in women over the age of 50 and is very treatable when found in its early stages.
Common symptoms of uterine cancer can include unusual or unexpected bleeding from the vagina, spotting or discharge, pain or difficulty when urinating, pain during sex, and pain in the pelvis.
However, these symptoms can be caused by conditions other than cancer. Women who have these symptoms should talk to their doctor so that any problems can be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.
The causes of uterine cancer are unknown. However, women who have more of the hormone estrogen than the hormone progesterone in their bodies have been shown to be at an increased risk.
There are many conditions that can cause a hormone imbalance as well as an overgrowth of abnormal cells in the uterus. These include being overweight, taking pills containing estrogen, and taking a medication called tamoxifen to prevent or treat breast cancer. But cancer is a complex disease. Many women who get uterine cancer have none of these risks and others who have the risks don’t develop the disease.
To learn more, see Uterine Cancer.