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Womb Cancer (news articles below)

Causes The exact cause of uterine cancer isn’t known. However, certain factors may increase a woman’s risk, in particular being exposed to higher levels of the female hormone oestrogen, especially if levels of progesterone (which may protect against uterine cancer) are low. Other factors linked to uterine cancer include:
  • being overweight (fatty tissue converts other hormones into oestrogen)
  • how many times you’ve been pregnant (oestrogen levels are low in pregnancy)
  • the pattern of your periods (starting periods early, frequent periods or a late menopause all increase oestrogen exposure)
Treatment with tamoxifen – a drug sometimes used to treat breast cancer and infertility – can slightly increase the risk of uterine cancer as it has the same effect as oestrogen on the womb, as can long-term use of HRT, particularly if oestrogen is the only hormone used. Most modern contraceptive pills, however, reduce the risk. A condition called endometrial hyperplasia, where the lining of the womb is abnormally thick, also increases the risk, as does a family history of certain cancers including those of the bowel, breast, womb and ovary. Symptoms The most common symptom is abnormal vaginal bleeding, either after the menopause or between periods. Occasionally, women complain of a vaginal discharge, lower abdominal pain or pain during sex. In more advanced stages of the disease, tiredness, nausea, loss of appetite, weight loss, constipation or pain in the back or legs may occur. Diagnosis Your doctor may carry out an internal examination to check for abnormalities in the womb. If he or she is concerned about uterine cancer you may be referred to a specialist who’ll carry out further tests including a biopsy of the womb tissue, an ultrasound scan and blood tests to look for chemical clues of the tumour. Screening isn’t routine, although women known to be at high risk may be offered regular check-ups with ultrasound scans and biopsies of the uterus. Treatment Important factors in deciding treatment include how far the cancer has spread, the type of cancer and how aggressive it is, and how healthy the woman is. In most cases, surgery to remove the womb and ovaries (which provide oestrogen that ‘fuels’ the cancer) is recommended. For cancer in the early stages this may be all that is needed, but radiotherapy, hormone treatments and chemotherapy may also be used. Around 75 per cent of those diagnosed with uterine cancer are still alive after five years and many of these are completely cured. If you came to this page from the Cancer guide, click here to return. This article was last medically reviewed by Dr Trisha Macnair in August 2005. First published in November 1997.  

Womb Cancer News:

Many Cancer Patients Turn to Complementary Medicine – Title: Many Cancer Patients Turn to Complementary Medicine Category: Health News Created: 8/5/2008 2:00:00 AM Last Editorial Review: 8/5/2008 Cancer – Title: Cancer Category: Diseases and Conditions Created: 7/4/2000 6:18:00 AM Last Editorial Review: 7/23/2008 Endometriosis – Title: Endometriosis Category: Diseases and Conditions Created: 12/31/1997 Last Editorial Review: 6/25/2008 Women’s Awareness of Cancer Risk Linked to Race, Ethnicity – Title: Women’s Awareness of Cancer Risk Linked to Race, Ethnicity Category: Health News Created: 4/16/2008 2:00:00 AM Last Editorial Review: 4/16/2008 Topical Cream Treats Precancerous Lesions of Vulva – Title: Topical Cream Treats Precancerous Lesions of Vulva Category: Health News Created: 4/3/2008 2:00:00 AM Last Editorial Review: 4/3/2008 Weight Gain & Cancer Risk – Title: Weight Gain & Cancer Risk Category: Doctor’s Views Created: 3/17/2008 Last Editorial Review: 3/17/2008 Ask The Experts: Women’s Health – Title: Ask The Experts: Women’s Health Category: Ask The Experts Created: 2/14/2007 Last Editorial Review: 3/10/2008 Caregiving – Title: Caregiving Category: Diseases and Conditions Created: 7/5/2005 Last Editorial Review: 3/4/2008 Cervical Cancer – Title: Cervical Cancer Category: Diseases and Conditions Created: 12/31/1997 Last Editorial Review: 12/27/2007 What Women Don’t Know About Cancer – Title: What Women Don’t Know About Cancer Category: Health News Created: 10/29/2007 Last Editorial Review: 10/29/2007 Hysterectomy – Title: Hysterectomy Category: Procedures and Tests Created: 6/4/2001 1:19:00 PM Last Editorial Review: 8/10/2007 Cancer Risk Factors – Title: Cancer Risk Factors Category: Diseases and Conditions Created: 12/31/1997 Last Editorial Review: 7/6/2007 Lean on me: Jade’s ex Jack takes her to Harley Street doctors as she prepares for cancer battle (Daily Mail) – Jade Goody was comforted by her ex-boyfriend Jack Tweed today as they visited a consultant to discuss options for treatment for her cancer. Lean on me: Jade’s ex Jack is to support Jade through her cancer treatment (Daily Mail) – Jade Goody is being comforted by ex-boyfriend Jack Tweed who accompanied her on her first visit to see the consultant to discuss options for treatment for her cancer. Jade Goody diagnosed with cancer, leaves Bigg Boss (Express India) – Bigg Brother star and participant of its Desi version Bigg Boss, Jade Goody has been diagnosed with cancer. Jade has been diagnosed with ‘cancer of the womb’ and hence withdrawn from the show. She is now flying back to London for treatment. Jade Goody diagnosed with cancer, leaves Bigg Boss-II (Hindustan Times) – Reality show Bigg Brother star and participant of the Indian version Bigg Boss , Jade Goody has been diagnosed with “cancer of the womb” and been withdrawn from the telvision show, a UK based tabloid has reported. Jade Goody diagnosed with cancer, leaves ‘Bigg Boss II’ (Outlook India) – Jade Goody, star of reality show `Bigg Brother’ and participant of the Indian version `Bigg Boss,’ has been diagnosed with cancer of the womb and withdrawn from the television show, a British tabloid reports. Jade Goody back from visit to cancer specialist following tearful return from India (Daily Mail) – Jade Goody returned from visiting her consultant to discuss options for treatment after she received the devastating news that she has cancer. Jade Goody returns from visit to cancer specialist following tearful return from India (Daily Mail) – Jade Goody returned from visiting her consultant to discuss options for treatment after she received the devastating news that she has cancer. Jade returned to her local hospital, Princess Alexandra in Essex where she previously spent a week being tested, to talk to her consultant, a cancer specialist, her spokesman Mark Thomas confirmed. Jade Goody to see cancer specialist today after tearful return from India (Daily Mail) – Jade Goody is today seeing her consultant to discuss options for treatment after she received the devastating news that she has cancer. Jade Goody has cancer (Edinburgh Evening News) – REALITY TV star Jade Goody has cancer of the womb, her spokesman said today. Cancer Shock Goody Returns Home (SkyNews via Yahoo! UK & Ireland News) – A tearful Jade Goody has returned to the UK after being told she has cancer while appearing on an Indian version of Big Brother. All content within WomensHealthOnly.com is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor or any other health care professional. WomensHealthOnly.com is not responsible or liable for any diagnosis made by a user based on the content of WomensHealthOnly.com website.
 

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