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The American Cancer Society estimates that 41,200 women will be diagnosed with uterine cancer in 2006 and that 7,350 women would die as a result of the disease during the year.
The uterine cancer prognosis will depend on:
- The stage of uterine cancer (whether it is in the endometrium only, involves the whole uterus, or has spread to other places in the body)
- How the uterine cancer cells look under a microscope
- Whether the cancer cells are affected by progesterone
- Whether the cancer has just been diagnosed or has recurred (come back).
It is important to note that uterine cancer is highly curable.
(Click Uterine Cancer Prognosis for more information about the prognosis for uterine cancer patients.)
Key information about uterine cancer includes the following:
- Uterine cancer is a disease in which cancer cells form in the tissues of the uterus.
- While the cause of uterine cancer is unknown, researchers have identified certain factors that increase the risk of developing the disease. Examples of these risk factors include taking tamoxifen for breast cancer, taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT), and being obese.
- Possible symptoms of uterine cancer include unusual vaginal discharge and pain in the pelvis.
- Some of the tests used to detect and diagnose uterine cancer include Pap tests, transvaginal ultrasounds, and biopsies.
- Factors that may affect the uterine cancer prognosis and treatment options include such things as the stage of the disease and how the cancer cells appear under a microscope. Uterine cancer is often curable.