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Uterine Cancer

Uterine Cancer

Uterine cancer, also known as endometrial cancer, is the fourth most common cancer for women and the most commonly diagnosed gynecologic cancer in the United States.

Key Facts

  • An estimated  66,570 new cases of uterine cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. in  2021, with around  12,940 deaths expected to result from the diagnosis.
  • The incidence of uterine cancer is rising, mainly due to a rise in obesity, which is a key risk factor for this disease.
  • Affecting mainly post-menopausal women, the average age of women diagnosed with uterine cancer is 60 years old.
  • The overall five-year survival rate for uterine cancer is 84%.
  • This cancer is slightly more common in Caucasian women, but African American women are more likely to die from it.
  • Today, there are more than 600,000 uterine cancer survivors in the U.S.
Sources: American Cancer Society’s Cancer Facts & Figures 2021 and American Society of Clinical Oncology (Cancer.Net)

Signs and Symptoms

A symptom is a change in the body that a person can see and/or feel. A sign is a change that the doctor sees during an examination or on a laboratory test result. If you have any of the symptoms below, it does not mean you have cancer but you should see your doctor or health care professional so that the cause can be found and treated, if needed.

  • Vaginal bleeding after menopause
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Pelvic pain, unexplained weight loss
Source: American Cancer Society’s website 2021
Uterine Cancer Location
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Peach Uterine Cancer Ribbon

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Researchers Working on Uterine Cancer

Wei Zhang, Ph.D.
Wei Zhang, Ph.D.
Paul Fisher, M.Ph., Ph.D.
Paul Fisher, M.Ph., Ph.D.
Kathryn B. Horwitz, Ph.D.
Kathryn B. Horwitz, Ph.D.

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