Cancer that forms in the tissue lining the uterus is called endometrial cancer. Most endometrial cancers are adenocarcinomas, which are cancers that begin in cells that make and release mucus and other fluids.
Estimated new cases and deaths from endometrial (uterine corpus) cancer in the United States each year:
- New cases: 39,080
- Deaths: 7,400
When detected and treated early, uterine cancer has a five-year survival rate of about 96%, according to the American Cancer Society. The key to early diagnosis is regular screening through PAP tests and regular visits with your primary care physician.
If you do not have a primary care physician, please call Memorial Medical Center’s Physician Referral Hotline at 231-845-2372.
Uterine cancer usually occurs after menopause. But it may also occur around the time that menopause begins. Abnormal vaginal bleeding is the most common symptom of uterine cancer. Bleeding may start as a watery, blood-streaked flow that gradually contains more blood. Women should not assume that abnormal vaginal bleeding is part of menopause.
- A woman should see her doctor if she has any of the following symptoms:
- Unusual vaginal bleeding or discharge
- Difficult or painful urination
- Pain during intercourse
- Pain in the pelvic area
Women with uterine cancer have many treatment options. Most women with uterine cancer are treated with surgery. Some have radiation therapy. A smaller number of women may be treated with hormonal therapy. Some patients receive a combination of therapies.