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    Are there ways to prevent uterine cancer?

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  • Dr David Rosen

    Gynaecologist

    Specialist endoscopic(keyhole) and robotic surgeon with interest in; prolapse and incontinence surgery, endometriosis, menstrual disorders including complicated hysterectomies by keyhole surgery, Essure hysteroscopic sterilization as … View Profile

    There are two main types of uterine cancer:
    a. Endometrial - cancer of the lining of the uterus, which is more common
    b. Sarcoma - a cancer of the uterine body

    Unfortunately there is very little one can do to reduce the risk of sarcoma as it may be quite random in its presentation. Endometrial cancer however has a very strong association with:

    1. Obesity
    2. Diabetes
    3. Hypertension
    4. Family history (not quite as strong an association)

    Therefore by reducing the three primary risk factors one can dramatically reduce ones risk of endometrial cancer. Use of the oral contraceptive pill has also been shown to reduce the risk of endometrial cancer, and regular gynaecological check-ups with early presentation for abnormal bleeding patterns, especially after the menopause, will be of great benefit in catching any changes early.

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