Endometrial cancer, which starts in the inner lining of the uterus (endometrium), is the most common type of uterine cancer. While its exact cause is not known, it is suspected that high levels of estrogen may play a role in its development. Specifically, when there is an imbalance of estrogen and progesterone (the female sex hormones produced in the ovaries), the presence of more estrogen than progesterone can thicken the endometrium and potentially increase the likelihood of cancer. With this in mind, diseases, conditions, or treatments (such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, menarche before age 12, or hormone replacement therapy, etc.) that increase a woman’s exposure to estrogen should be considered risk factors for endometrial cancer.
If diagnosed early, endometrial cancer can often be cured. Vaginal bleeding after menopause is a common symptom experienced by the majority of women who have it. From well woman care to family planning to surgical options to menopause, our goal is to keep you healthy through all ages and stages of life. Please call LADIES FIRST OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY OF DOTHAN at (334) 671-9445 to schedule an appointment. New and established patients are always welcome at our offices located in Dothan, Ozark, & Enterprise. “Excellence in Caring For Women”
P.S. The most common symptom of endometrial cancer is unusual vaginal bleeding or spotting.