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Basic Information About Uterine Cancer

When cancer starts in the uterus, it is called uterine cancer. The uterus is the pear-shaped organ in a woman’s pelvis (the area below your stomach and in between your hip bones). The uterus, also called the womb, is where the baby grows when a woman is pregnant.

All women are at risk for uterine cancer, but the risk increases with age. Most uterine cancers are found in women who are going through or who have gone through menopause—the time of life when your menstrual periods stop.

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What Are the Risk Factors for Uterine Cancer?

Several factors may increase the chance that you will get uterine cancer.

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What Can I Do to Reduce My Risk?

There is no known way to prevent uterine cancer, but some things may lower your chance of getting it.

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What Are the Symptoms of Uterine Cancer?

Uterine cancer may cause vaginal discharge or bleeding that is not normal for you. Uterine cancer may also cause other symptoms, such as pain or pressure in your pelvis.

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What Should I Know About Screening?

Since there is no simple and reliable way to screen for uterine cancer, it is especially important to recognize warning signs and learn what you can do to lower your risk.

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How Is Uterine Cancer Treated?

Uterine cancer is treated in several ways. It depends on the kind of uterine cancer and how far it has spread. Treatments include surgery, chemotherapy, and/or radiation.

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