Uterine cancer, also called endometrial cancer and uterine adenocarcinoma, involves a malignant growth that originates in the lining of the uterus, more formally known as the endometrium. Uterine cancer may spread (metastasize) within the female reproductive organs or to other parts of the body.
Uterine cancer is the most common cancer of the female reproductive system. Cancers of the uterus mainly affect post-menopausal women, between the ages of fifty and sixty.
Symptoms that may indicate the presence of endometrial cancer include:
A third of post-menopausal women with bleeding from the uterus have endometrial cancer. Women with symptoms of uterine bleeding should consult their doctor immediately.
In general, women with uterine cancer have good survival rates, with a 5-year overall survival rate of 75 percent. Individual survival, however, depends on the type, grade and stage of the tumor. Luckily, most uterine cancers are detected at an early stage where they are still limited to the body of the uterus. In these cases, surgical removal of the uterus by hysterectomy can achieve cure rates of eighty to ninety percent.
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