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A 31-year-old member asked:

does having an aunt with uterine cancer make me more likely to have one too?

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Dr. Lester Thompson
Pathology 33 years experience
Possibly: There is an inheritence pattern for several cancer types, including ovarian cancer. However, knowing the specific type (endometrioid, serous, brenner, mucinous, etc), would make a definitive comment more meaningful.
Dr. John Geisler
Gynecologic Oncology 27 years experience
Endometrial cancer: What you describe alone (one second degree relative) does not increase your risk. A complete family history as well full history and physical is needed to know your risks.

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What are the causes of precancerous changes of the uterine lining?

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