Failure to Diagnose Uterine/Endometrial Cancer
If uterine cancer is detected early, survival rates are very high. However, a failure to timely check for the possibility of uterine/endometrial cancer may cause a patient’s diagnosis and treatment to be delayed; allowing the disease process to progress and the prognosis for the patient to worsen. Uterine cancer, including endometrial cancer (cancer of the inside lining of the uterus), has several known risk factors for its development. These include an abnormal overgrowth of the endometrium, obesity, history of taking estrogen or tamoxifen (a medication often used to treat breast cancer patients), a history of having pelvic radiation therapy, a family history of uterine cancer, and never having children.
What are the risk factors for Endometrial (Uterine) cancer?
There are different kinds of risk factors. Some, such as your age or race, can’t be changed. Others are related to personal choices such as smoking, exercising, body weight, drinking, or diet. Some factors influence risk more than others. Although certain factors increase a woman’s risk for developing endometrial cancer, they do not always cause the disease. Many women with one or more risk factors never develop endometrial cancer. Some women with endometrial cancer do not have any known risk factors. Even if a woman with endometrial cancer has one or more risk factors, there is no way to know which, if any, of these factors was responsible for her cancer.
Factors that influence the risk of Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer include:
– Things that affect hormone levels, like taking estrogen after menopause, birth control pills, or tamoxifen; the number of menstrual cycles (over a lifetime), pregnancy, obesity, , certain ovarian tumors, and polycystic ovarian syndrome
– Use of an intrauterine device
– Family history (having close relatives with endometrial or colorectal cancer)
– Having been diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer in the past
– Having been diagnosed with endometrial hyperplasia in the past
– Treatment with radiation therapy to the pelvis to treat another cancer
– Diet and exercise
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