What are some symptoms and risk factors to uterine cancer?

Dr. Michael Guy explains the symptoms of uterine cancer. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


While there are risk factors involved with uterine cancer, there are women who do not have those risk factors and develop uterine cancer anyway, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s HealthOff Site Icon (HHS). It usually occurs after menopause, but in some cases happens before, according to the HHS.

There are factors that increase a woman’s chance of getting uterine cancer, reports the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionOff Site Icon (CDC). Factors may include:

  • Age 50 or more
  • Difficulty getting pregnant, or have had fewer than five periods in a year before starting menopause
  • Estrogen use (without progesterone) for hormone replacement during menopause
  • Havin close family members who have had uterine, colon, or ovarian cancer
  • Obesity
  • Tamoxifen use, a drug used to treat certain types of breast cancer

Ask your doctor about the symptoms of uterine cancer.

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