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Endometrial hyperplasia can lead to cancer, really?

Endometrial hyperplasia can lead to cancer, really?

It's a indicator: Endometrial hyperplasia (overgrowth of the uterus lining) means that the uterus is being exposed to continuous estrogen, which is a risk factor for endometrial cancer. So it indicates that conditions are favorable for the development of cancer, and it can also allow an early cancer to hide more easily. Atypical hyperplasia means overgrowth of abnormal cells and an even higher risk of cancer. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Is endometrial hyperplasia the same thing as endometrial cancer?

Is endometrial hyperplasia the same thing as endometrial cancer?

No: They are different. Endometrial hyperplasia is the precursor lesion to endometrial (uterine) cancer. It is possible to slow or reverse this process with Progesterone therapy. But without therapy it can progress to cancer. ...Read more

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Are fibroids, endometrial hyperplasia, or polyps a precursor to cancer?

Are fibroids, endometrial hyperplasia, or polyps a precursor to cancer?

Possibly: Fibroids are benign growths of uterine muscle and are not cancerous. Rarely, a fast growing fibroid may in fact be a sarcoma or a cancer. A uterine polyp (like a skin tag in the uterus) can be totally benign or may house hyperlastic cells. Endometrial hyperplasia with atypical cells is considered precancerous and should be treated. Bleeding after menopause should always be evaluated. ...Read more

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Are either fibroids, endometrial hyperplasia, or polyps a precursor to cancer?

Are either fibroids, endometrial hyperplasia, or polyps a precursor to cancer?

Yes: A polyp can be cancerous or precancerous. The exact chance of that depends on several factors including age, genetics and other medical problems. Hyperplasia has a significant risk of becoming cancer depending on whether there is atypia or not. In general fibroids are not cancerous. But some woman can develop certain types of uterine cancer that look like fibroids. ...Read more

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What is the relation of endometrial hyperplasia to uterine cancer?

What is the relation of endometrial hyperplasia to uterine cancer?

Endometrial Hyperpla: Endometrial hyperplasia is typically seen in older, peri- or post-menopausal women, and consists of a thickening of the endometrial lining due to excess estrogen effect. Ordinary hyperplasia, for a short period of time is minimally dangerous as far as cancer, but prolonged hyperplasia - for many months can result in "atypical hyperplasia, " which increases the risk. If concerned, consult your gyn. ...Read more

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I'm worried I had endometrial hyperplasia before getting pregnant 5 months ago.Never tested for it, but would it be cancer by the time baby is born?

A lot of supposition: Without confirming endometrial hyperplasia by biopsy, it is suppositional as to whether it could go on to cancer or not. The endometrium decidualizes during pregnancy in response to the hormone progesterone which tends to block estrogen dependent endometrial hyperplasia from progressing. ...Read more

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What is the difference of endometrial intraepithelial neoplasia and endometrial hyperplasia?

What is the difference of endometrial intraepithelial neoplasia and endometrial hyperplasia?

Cancer or not: Neoplasia of the uterine lining is an early cancer. Hyperplasia refers to exuberant growth, which can be a cancer precursor. ...Read more

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What does endometrial hyperplasia mean?

Need for follow-up: Endometrial hyperplasia is often a precursor to neoplastic lesions and needs careful follow-up. See this site for more info. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15097798. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have endometrial hyperplasia?

What does it mean to have endometrial hyperplasia?

Overgrown lining: The lining of the uterus is called the endometrium. When it is too thick and/or overgrown, it is called hyperplasia. Frequently this is just a benign thickening but it can be atypical (abnormal) or even cancerous. Thickened lining in older women is more worrisome and should be biopsied. It is a diagnosis made by ultrasound, so it is typically found when evaluating abnormal bleeding. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a person having complex endometrial hyperplasia?

What are the chances of a person having complex endometrial hyperplasia?

Depends on patient: A woman will have a higher risk of endometrial hyperplasia if they have prolonged exposure to unopposed estrogen. Women with higher risk include those suffering from anovulation (no menstrual cycle), hirsutism (abnormal nhair growth), polycystic ovarian disease, obesity, estrogen replacement therapy after menopause. ...Read more