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A 41-year-old member asked:

i'm 19 and have polycystic ovary syndrome. what are my chances of getting endometrial cancer?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
Pediatric Endocrinology 21 years experience
Risk is higher: Although long term studies looking into risk of endometrial cancer in young adults with pcos are lacking, it is theoritcally possible that chronic unoppsed estrogen stimulation of the uterus can lead to increased risk for development of endometrial cancer. Talk with your doctor.
Dr. Frank Yelian
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
It depends: It depends. Before i answer your question, i need to know following questions. 1. When have you been diagnosed with pcos? 2. How often you have your periods? 3. What is your bmi? 4. Have you been treated for pcos? If you diagnosed early, start regular exercise and loss weight, take ocp to regulate your period, your risk of endometrial cancer will be same as general population.
Dr. Michael Traub
Fertility Medicine 19 years experience
As long as you do things to protect yourself now and not let the uterine lining grow out of control your risk of getting cancer should be small.
Mar 17, 2012
Dr. John Geisler
Gynecologic Oncology 27 years experience
Endometrial cancer: Obesity, type ii diabetes, estrogen without progesterone, family history all put you at risk. Pcos affects the first 3. Birth control pulls and controlling weight can help you decrease risk.
Dr. Michael Flax
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Endometrial cancer in PCOS results from repeated irregular estrogen stimulation to the lining of the uterus. Birth control pills or progestins can prevent the irregular build up
Dec 12, 2012

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