Endometrial Cancer

Endometrial Cancer: Overview

Cancer of the lining of the uterus (or womb) is called endometrial cancer.  You can increase the chances that endometrial cancer will be found early by having any unusual bleeding checked by your doctor right away.  Endometrial cancer can almost always be treated successfully if it's caught early.

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Contributing Risk Factors

Certain things may put you at greater risk for getting endometrial cancer, one being age.  Endometrial cancer is most common in women who are over 50 years old.  Women who have never been pregnant and women who use a medicine called tamoxifen may also be at greater risk.

Diagnosis and Tests

Endometrial cancer can be diagnosed by using endometrial biopsy or by dilatation and curettage (D&C) of the uterus.  Both procedures can be effective.

Conditions that suggest Endometrial Cancer:

Reproductive

Metrorrhagia

The most common sign of endometrial cancer is unusual bleeding from the vagina, especially bleeding that occurs after passing through menopause.

Symptoms - Cancer

Risk factors for Endometrial Cancer:

Childhood

Counter-indicators

Hormones

Progesterone Low or Estrogen Dominance

High levels of estrogen without opposing progesterone can increase the risk of endometrial cancer.  Using estrogen replacement therapy without taking progesterone or progestins is also related to a greater risk for endometrial cancer.

Low Melatonin Level

A 1998 study found an extraordinarily strong correlation between melatonin level and endometrial cancer.  Women were selected who appeared that they might have endometrial cancer.  The women who in fact did not have endometrial cancer had an average melatonin level of 33.  The women who had endometrial cancer had an average melatonin level of 6.  There was little overlap between groups – by using melatonin levels alone, 94% of the patients could have been correctly categorized.  A 1992 report proposed that decreased melatonin levels could contribute to endometrial cancer.

Medical Procedures

Counter-indicators

Metabolic

Reproductive

Supplements and Medications

(Discontinued) non-human estrogen use

In 1975, The New England Journal of Medicine examined the rates of endometrial cancer for estrogen consumers, concluding that the risk was seven and a half times greater for estrogen users.  Women who had used estrogen for seven years or longer were 14 times more likely to develop cancer.  [Coney, Sandra, The Menopause Industry, Spinifex Press Pty Ltd., Australia, 1991, pp.164-5]

Symptoms - Reproductive - Female Cycle

Symptoms - Reproductive - General

Unusual vaginal bleeding

The most common sign of endometrial cancer is unusual bleeding from the vagina, especially bleeding that occurs after passing through menopause.

Endometrial Cancer suggests the following may be present:

Hormones

Low Melatonin Level

A 1998 study found an extraordinarily strong correlation between melatonin level and endometrial cancer.  Women were selected who appeared that they might have endometrial cancer.  The women who in fact did not have endometrial cancer had an average melatonin level of 33.  The women who had endometrial cancer had an average melatonin level of 6.  There was little overlap between groups – by using melatonin levels alone, 94% of the patients could have been correctly categorized.  A 1992 report proposed that decreased melatonin levels could contribute to endometrial cancer.

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Endometrial Cancer can lead to:

Reproductive

Metrorrhagia

The most common sign of endometrial cancer is unusual bleeding from the vagina, especially bleeding that occurs after passing through menopause.

Recommendations for Endometrial Cancer:

Botanical

Not recommended
Maca

Women with a history or risk of hormone-related cancers, such as endometrial cancer, should avoid this herb because of possible negative hormonal influences.

Preventive measures against Endometrial Cancer:

Diet

Increased Fish Consumption

Study subjects who ate two or more servings of fish weekly had a much lower risk for esophageal, stomach, colon, rectum, and pancreatic cancers than those who avoided fish.  In fact, the rates of these types of cancer were 30-50% lower among fish eaters.  High fish consumption was also associated with lower risks for cancers of the larynx (30% lower risk), endometrial cancer (20% lower risk), and ovarian cancer (30% lower risk).

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