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Cancer of the Uterus Overview

Another name for Cancer of the Uterus is Uterine Cancer.

What is uterine cancer?
A woman with uterine cancer has abnormal cells in the uterus that multiply out of control. These cells can form tumors and spread to other parts of the body. The exact cause for uterine cancer is unknown, but genetics may play a role in determining risk. About 25 out of every 100,000 women develop uterine cancer each year in the US.

What are the symptoms of uterine cancer?
Symptoms of uterine cancer include heavy menstrual bleeding, irregular menstrual periods, vaginal bleeding after menopause, vaginal discharge, lower abdominal pain, low back pain, fatigue, and weight loss.

How does the doctor treat uterine cancer?
Treatment for uterine cancer may include hysterectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.

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Last Updated: Aug 31, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Cancer of the Uterus References
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