The uterus, often called the womb, is where the fetus grows and develops. After the childbearing years the organ is largely unnecessary, although it does provide an important function of balancing hormones and keeping things regulated in the female body. Unfortunately, as with many organs, lack of use can lead to cancerous growth.
What is Uterine Cancer?
Uterine cancer is the abnormal growth of any cells that make up the uterine tissue. Most often the cancer starts on the walls of the uterus as small bumps called fibroids. These fibroids are not cancerous in and of themselves, and in fact many women develop fibroids and never know they are even there. However, those fibroids can develop a cancer called leiomyosarcoma. When this happens, corrective measures need to be taken right away.
Symptoms of Uterine Cancer
Uterine cancer can be deadly if it is not discovered in time. So if you have some of the symptoms, go get a pelvic exam right away to determine what is wrong. The symptoms of uterine cancer include:
Pain During Sex
Abnormal Bleeding or Discharge
Basically if something doesnt feel right, dont blame it on food or anything else. Get it checked out.
Treatment for Uterine Cancer
Most of the time the first method of treatment is to remove the uterus. This is typically done by opening up the abdomen, removing the offending tissue, and then closing the incision. However, many women are opting for a less invasive form of surgery with the use of a power morcellator.
These devices have been largely discontinued (although no formal regulation has banned them) because they can end up causing the cancer to spread rather than removing it.
If surgery doesnt eliminate the cancer, then radiation therapy or chemotherapy are options as well.
As with all cancers, uterine cancer is easiest to eliminate if it is caught early on. If you have discomfort, get checked out right away!