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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Can an 18 year old get endometrial cancer?

Can an 18 year old get endometrial cancer?

No, except...: ...That anything is possible. However, for a long time the position of gynecologists has been that under the age of 30, the probability of endometrial cancer being the source of abnormal vaginal bleeding was so small as to not justify endometrial biopsy. However, any abnormal vaginal bleeding requires careful analysis and a satisfactory diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is the probablity of a 17 year old developing endometrial cancer?

What is the probablity of a 17 year old developing endometrial cancer?

Very Low: The only time young patients, usually in their 20's get endometrial cancer, is due to a syndrome known as polycystic ovarian syndrome. In this disease, women are usually obese, have excess body hair, don't ovulate normally, bleed a lot and cannot get pregnant. If left untreated, it can lead to endometrial cancer. At 17yo, this is very rare and abnormal bleeding in this age group has other causes. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get endometrial cancer?

Do a lot of people get endometrial cancer?

1 in 38: A woman in the US has a 1 in 38 chance of getting uterine cancer during her lifetime. ...Read more

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Can someone get endometrial cancer randomly?

Can someone get endometrial cancer randomly?

Yes: It is not clear what you mean by randomly? But endometrial cancer may arise without specific warning signs. ...Read more

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What symptoms might a women get if she had endometrial cancer?

What symptoms might a women get if she had endometrial cancer?

Abnormal discharge.: Abnormal vaginal discharge (90% of patients), abnormal vaginal bleeding (80% of patients), and leukorrhea (a thick, whitish or yellowish vaginal discharge, 10% of patients) are the most common symptoms. ...Read more

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How fast does endometrial cancer typically grow (in terms of years)?

How fast does endometrial cancer typically grow (in terms of years)?

Varies: Endometrial cancer is usually a slower growing tumor, but once detected, it should be treated promptly for best outcome. ...Read more

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In an older woman, where does endometrial cancer typically spread in the body?

In an older woman, where does endometrial cancer typically spread in the body?

Lymph nodes: Endometrial cancer typically spreads first by invading the muscle wall of the uterus, and then spreading through the lymph system to the nearby lymph nodes in the pelvis. Spread outside the uterus is relatively rare in most forms of endometrial cancer. ...Read more

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My sister says she has endometrial cancer. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

My sister says she has endometrial cancer. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

Possible: But not likely. Most patients with endometrial cancer have risk factors that have to do with estrogen exposure (like early menarche, late menopause). Only a small percentage are genetic. ...Read more

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Do you get pink or white discharge with endometrial cancer?

Do you get pink or white discharge with endometrial cancer?

Bleeding can occur: One of the signs of endometrial cancer is vaginal bleeding after menopause. Pink discharge could be a sign of bleeding. If a woman is having bleeding after menopause, it would be a good idea to visit her doctor. ...Read more

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Was on birth control for 5 years now stopped is my changes of getting endometrial cancer still decreased for years to come?

Was on birth control for 5 years now stopped is my changes of getting endometrial cancer still decreased for years to come?

Yes: Birth-control pills reduce your lifetime risk of of ovarian and uterine cancer. The longer you're on them, the greater the risk reduction. Women who don't menstruate regularly (who have long gaps between their periods) also have a higher risk of uterine cancer. Birth-control pills are especially important for them. Maintaining a healthy weight and normal blood sugars are also important. ...Read more

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I am 250 pounds (obese) and have PCOS (12 years) I have abnormal uterine bleeding. I'm scared I have endometrial cancer. What are my chances? I'm 26 y

Yu need regular Doct: With problems like you are having, you will need a regular doctor either a medical (PCP) or a gynecologist who can check you and monitor you at regular intervals. It is quite easy to detect Endometrial (uterine) Cancer with an Ultrasound of the Uterus.
What you should also be doing is to cut down on your energy intake (Food) so that you can lose weight which will greatly help to keep you healthy. ...Read more

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I had bleeding today for the first time since I had my hysterectomy two years ago for endometrial cancer. No oncologist. Call a gynecologist?

I had bleeding today for the first time since I had my hysterectomy two years ago for endometrial cancer. No oncologist. Call a gynecologist?

Not from recurrence: Depending on the extent of endometrial invasion of the wall of the uterus, at 2 years if there is no evidence of recurrence in pelvis or distal spread on CAT, the vaginal bleeding probably unrelated.
On pelvic if a lesion of vagina seen, then bx should be performed. This is rare following a good hysterectomy for endometrial disease, but can occur from squamous Ca of vagina or other lesion. ...Read more

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Total hysterectomy 1.5 years ago for endometrial cancer. Bleeding today after my vaginal vault pap for screening. Is this normal?

Total hysterectomy 1.5 years ago for endometrial cancer. Bleeding today after my vaginal vault pap for screening. Is this normal?

Yes: You have low estrogen levels because of the removal of your ovaries. This causes the vaginal tissues to thin out and dry out and it becomes very easy to traumatize them and cause bleeding, even from the pap swab. More serious problems should be detected by the pap itself. ...Read more

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I get my period every 2 wks due to PCOS. Does this not put me at the same risk of endometrial cancer that's common with having few or no periods?

I get my period every 2 wks due to PCOS. Does this not put me at the same risk of endometrial cancer that's common with having few or no periods?

Yes: If you have PCOS, you are not ovulating and not producing progesterone. Whether you have frequent or infrequent bleeding, you are at an increased risk for endometrial cancer if this goes on for several years. It's important that you have periods that result from Progesterone exposure. If you aren't making it yourself, the easiest way to get it is by cycling w OCPs. It will also help w hair growth. ...Read more

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I'm 26 yrs old. Have PCOS since 13 and I'm obese. I have uterine bleeding and spotting since January every 2 weeks. Is it endometrial cancer?

I'm 26 yrs old. Have PCOS since 13 and I'm obese. I have uterine bleeding and spotting since January every 2 weeks. Is it endometrial cancer?

Bleeding/spotting: It is unlikely to be cancer but you must go as soon as possible to a Gynecologist to confirm you don't have cancer and you will be given treatment for bleeding and spotting.
Please let me know how things go. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have endometrial cancer what are the major symptoms?

How do I know if I have endometrial cancer what are the major symptoms?

Bleeding, pain: Bleeding, pain, vaginal discharge, particularly bleeding after menopause, should prompt you to be seen. An endometrial biopsy can discern if there is cancer. ...Read more

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Could an IUD cause endometrial cancer?

Could an IUD cause endometrial cancer?

No, the opposite!: An IUD is an intra-uterine device, an extremely effective method of contraception. Endometrial cancer is most often caused by exposure of the body to lots of estrogen. Because the IUD either contains no hormones or contains progesterone, it does not cause endometrial cancer. In fact, progestogen containing iuds (such as the mirena) may protect against endometrial cancer. ...Read more

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How is endometrial (uterine) cancer typically treated?

How is endometrial (uterine) cancer typically treated?

Surgery first: Endometrial cancer is standardly treated with surgery first. The surgery helps determine a patients stage. Based on their stage and features on their pathology report from their surgery they may be recommended to have further treatment with either chemotherapy and or radiation. ...Read more

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When endometrial cancer metastasizes, where does it go?

Link: Here's a link to more information, but the gist of it is that it mostly spreads to lymph nodes. Distant spread is to lungs, liver, bone, and brain. Http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/endometrial/healthprofessional/page1. ...Read more

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Are there proven ways to help prevent endometrial cancer?

Are there proven ways to help prevent endometrial cancer?

Possibly: There are no proven ways to prevent endometrial cancer, but there may be ways to decrease risk. Estrogen-only pills and being overweight increase risk. There are also hereditary factors. Weight loss (if you are overweight) combination contraceptives, increased physical activity, low fat, high fiber diet may lower risk. See
http://www. Cancer. Gov/cancertopics/pdq/prevention/endometrial/patient. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the symptoms of endometrial (uterine) cancer?

Can you tell me the symptoms of endometrial (uterine) cancer?

Bleeding: The most common presenting symptom of endometrial cancer is post-menopausal bleeding. It this happens you should be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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When you have endometrial cancer how often do you experience bleeding?

Common symptom: Abnormal bleeding is the most common symptom associated with endometrial cancer. A biopsy in your gynecologists office can easily answer if there is something worrisome about the lining of the uterus. ...Read more

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Are there any ways to protect myself from endometrial (uterine) cancer?

Are there any ways to protect myself from endometrial (uterine) cancer?

Estrogen & Weight: Avoid unopposed Estrogens (endometrial hyperplasia -which transforms in cáncer- commonly results from chronic estrogen stimulation unopposed by the counterbalancing effects of progesterone. [14]) be careful with the old bcpills.
Avoid obesity or overweight. Get screening with pelvic ultrasound to check the thickness of the endometrium if you have being exposed to Estrogens x many years. ...Read more

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Can doctors tell me what does the "grade" refer to in endometrial cancer?

Can doctors tell me what does the "grade" refer to in endometrial cancer?

Microscopic look: Grade refers to how cells look under the microscope. If they look like the natural cells in the organ they started from except more crowded they are grade 1 or well differentiated. If they look like solid sheets of nasty cells with no appearance of normal tissue, then it is a grade 3 or poorly differentiated. A combination of the 2 is called grade 2. Usually, the higher the grade the worse it is. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of endometrial cancer for someone going through menopause?

See below: The hallmark symptom will be postmenopausal bleeding or spotting. Now if you haven't stopped having menses but they are irregular, significant change in your bleeding pattern may be a sign but it is not definitive until a biopsy is performed. ...Read more

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My sister just diagnosis with grade 3 endometrial cancer with clear cells why are clear cells so aggressive?

Various cell types: Endometrial cancer is characterized by stage and cell type. Clear cell is a description of the type of cells and simply behave in a more aggressive growth pattern than others. ...Read more

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How could biopsy for endometrial cancer be benign and then ten months later show cancwr? First one was wrong maybe?

You had 2 biopsies?: Cancer can develop very fast in the uterus. I'm not at all surprised that this happened. If you want your biopsies reviewed and signed by a few more pathologists, you're within your rights. Your physician can have it arranged. ...Read more

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I'm trying to determine if I have symptoms of endometriosis, or endometrial cancer. There are some overlapping symptoms.

No telling: If you have symptoms that suggest endometrial cancer to you, even a physician will probably not be able to make the call without imaging and perhaps a biopsy. Your life is too valuable for guesswork. Please get seen. ...Read more

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My mther passed away 3 weeks ago from advance endometrial cancer, we still shocked and I wonder if she had it from long or not?

Yes she did: Most cancers take many years to develop, grow locally for sometime, and then spread inside the body before they prove fatal. It takes many months to years for the whole process from the begining to the end. ...Read more

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Can stage 1a endometrial cancer (removed) spread to mediastinal, bilateral hilar and virchow's node w/o infiltrating another organ?

Yes but: It could possibly spread to local lymph node but the chances are very low. The lymph nodes that are in thoracic cavity are even less likely to contain metastatic tumor from a stage 1a endometrial cancer, especially if it's a garden variety low grade lesion. In fact, long term survival is very good, like 95%. The other 5% may represent very high grade tumors. ...Read more

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Does low progesterone cause endometrial cancer?

Does low progesterone cause endometrial cancer?

Estrogen-progesteron: It's the relationship between estrogen levels and Progesterone levels that are important. Too much estrogen not balanced properly by Progesterone can increase risk of endometrial cancer. This can be either too much estrogen or not enough progesterone. ...Read more

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Can endometrial cancer be treated with megace (megestrol)?

Can endometrial cancer be treated with megace (megestrol)?

Yes: Hormonal therapy (including megace (megestrol), (megestrol) tamoxifen) can be used in the treatment of certain endometrial cancers which have recurred or spread to other sites. Patients with tumors positive for the Progesterone receptor especially may respond to megace (megestrol). ...Read more

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Could endometrial cancer cause Fever that lasts for a week or more?

Could endometrial cancer cause Fever that lasts for a week or more?

It depends: Any Fever that persists beyond one week raises questions about something serious going on. If your Temp is over 100F for more than one week, you should go see your doctor for a complete physical examination to find the cause. Endometrial cancer rarely causes fever unless it has spread out into liver which would be uncommon, but it depends on details of your medical history. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have endometrial cancer treated with megace (megestrol)?

Is it possible to have endometrial cancer treated with megace (megestrol)?

Endometrial cancer: Yes, occasionally women with endometrial cancer are treated by Progesterone such as megace (megestrol). This usually occurs because someone is too sick to operate on or someone is trying to preserve fertility. ...Read more

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Why do menopausal women have a high risk in endometrial cancer?

Why do menopausal women have a high risk in endometrial cancer?

Age, estrogen: Cancer, in general, is more common in older people. Also, a strong risk factor for endometrial cancer is prolonged exposure to estrogen because of early menstruation, late menopause, childlessness, and use of estrogen therapy without progesterone. Obesity is a risk factor too because fat tissue is a source of estrogen. ...Read more

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Can ovarian or endometrial cancer be detected on a sonogram?

Can ovarian or endometrial cancer be detected on a sonogram?

Not diagnostic: The only way to diagnose either of these cancers is by biopsy. Ultrasound findings and symptoms may lead to increased suspicion and further diagnostic testing. Ultrasound in the hands of a skilled practitioner can be an important screening tool. ...Read more

Dr. John Geisler
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Uterine Cancer (Definition)

Also known as cancer of the uterus, this is when cancer grows in the female organ in which the implantation of an embryo and carrying of a fetus take place. Cancer usually develops in the cells that form the uterine--a portion of which are shed ...Read more


Dr. John Geisler
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Endometrial Cancer (Definition)

The endometrium is the lining of the inside of the uterus. Endometrial Cancer is cancer that starts in the cells of the endometrium and begins to spread to ...Read more