While many cancers are on a nationwide decline, uterine cancer is on the rise. In a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), uterine cancer incidence rates have increased by 0.7% per year from 1999 to 2015, while death rates have increased by 1.1% per year from 1999 to 2016. Women who struggle with being overweight or obese are two to four times more likely to develop endometrial cancers than those of a healthy weight.
Uterine cancer is the 4th most common cancer and the 7th most common cause of death by cancer in the United States. Endometrioid carcinomas (cancers found in the endometrial lining of the uterus) were the most common type at 68%. The CDC has also found that incidence of the cancer was greater among non-Hispanic black (26.5%) and white (27%) women compared to American Indian/Alaska Native (23%), Hispanic (23%), and Asian/Pacific Islander (19%) women. Furthermore, death by uterine cancer among black women was higher (9%) than those among other groups (~4%). While the reason is not fully understood, doctors hypothesize that genetics and lack of access to healthcare may be factors in the increased rates of uterine cancers. Due to these barriers, many low-income and other marginalized women are often diagnosed at later, more aggressive stages of their cancer. However, the survival rate is much higher when the cancer is detected early. Women with very early stage I uterine cancer who have been treated with surgery and radiation therapy have a high survival rate. Our doctors will help you decide the best treatment plan and will be with you every step of the way.
The following symptoms could be a sign of uterine cancer:
- Abnormal bleeding after menopause, between periods, or after sex (90% of patients with uterine cancer experienced this symptom)
- Abnormal vaginal discharge – pink and watery or thick, brown, and foul smelling
- Difficult or painful urination
- Enlarged uterus which can cause bloating, constipation, weight gain
- Pain during intercourse
- Weakness/pain in the back, legs, or lower abdomen
Making an appointment is the first step and catching uterine cancer early gives you the best chance. If you or a loved one has experienced any of these symptoms please schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible.
El Camino Women’s Medical Group offers the latest Minimally Invasive Solutions for gynecologic problems. Drs. Amy Teng, Erika Balassiano, and Pooja Gupta, all members of AAGL (American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopy) are highly trained and experienced in the field of Minimally Invasive Gynecgologic Surgery. Dr. Erika Balassiano is also completed a Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship, under the supervision of world-renowned Dr. Camran Nezhat.
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