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What Is Cancer Of The Uterus
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
If you're at risk: You should be concerned if you have significant risk for uterine cancer that will include- excessive unopposed estogen therapy, on tamoxifen or other estrogen replacement, obesity, never pregnant, history of breast cancer, familial cancer such as breast/ovarian sydnrome, familial colon cancer etc. Recommend to have annual papsmear, regular f/u and further discussion with your gynecologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My mother had cancer of the uterus Does this affect her daughter. Is uterine infections and lead to cancer?
No: This has no real familial tendency. Cancer of the uterine cervix is usually caused by HPV, a subtle infection, and can be prevented by early detection of the premalignant state by pap smears. Cancer of the endometrium is unrelated to any known infection. Some other rare cancers are seldom familial. Thanks for asking. Best wishes to all of you. ...Read more
Yes: Tamoxifen has been shown to increase the risk of uterine cancer, not unlike estrogen replacement therapy, with an incidence of ~1:500. However, this is almost-always caught at its earliest stage, with very high cure rates. If you compare the benefit of tamoxifen for either treating or preventing breast cancer compared to this risk, the benefit far outweighs the risk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does having cancer of the uterus or cervix cause burning in vagina and low back pain?
Yes: The chance is about 1% and treatment is hysterectomy. With such a low chance then tamoxifen is worth the risk. A gynecologist needs to keep track of the patient and any unusual bleeding evaluated. There are also other hormone alternatives with less risk. Check with your medical oncologist to see which drug is best for a particular patient. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually hysterectomy: The standard of practice is hysterectomy, but if reproduction is desired sometimes it can be treated hormonally. This can be through injection, pills or an IUD which all deliver a progesterone related hormone type. You can't get pregnant while on treatment, but maybe after. Otherwise, it is surgery and possible radiation +/- chemo less often, depending on surgical findings and "stage". ...Read more
Increase in hormones: As a woman ages, her risk of uterine cancer increases. The lining of the uterine wall is stimulated to grow by female hormones. Being overweigh does increase one's risk of uterine cancer indirectly by increasing female hormone levels, particularly after menopause. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fluid: While cancer can cause fluid to accumulate in the pelvis (ascites), there are many other causes. Some free fluid can be present and be normal. Ovulation can cause free fluid in the pelvis. Cyst rupture can do the same. Bleeding also presents this way. Even liver disease can cause ascites. ...Read more
On a 1 to 4 scale: Doctors like to say how far advanced a cancer is on a scale of 1 to 4. The specifics of each cancer can vary somewhat, but a stage 1 cancer is small and hasn't spread much, and usually does not require much treatment. A stage 3 is bigger, may have spread around where it originally started, but hasn't spread throughout the body. It usually needs surgery combined with other treatments like chemo. ...Read more
Not likely: Benign lesions, with specific exceptions, rarely become malignant. ...Read more
Should I be worried about cancer at this point? My Dr. say the uterus lining is too thick. Is this true?
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