Womb cancer affects around six thousand women a year in the UK and typically only affects the over 50s. Womb cancer is only classified as such when it affects the womb lining if it is anywhere else it is classified a different way. This type of cancer can become very serious as the womb is very close to parts of the immune system and that can give the cancer areas to spread too.
The exact causes for this type of cancer are unknown although obesity is believed to be a factor in its development, faulty genes are occasionally a factor but the vast majority simply have unknown causes. Typical symptoms are vaginal bleeding, abnormal vaginal discharge and pain in the vaginal area, although these symptoms could mean many things and it is best to check with a doctor before assuming the worst.
Those who have recently had a normal cervical smear test are not clear of womb cancer as the test may not show the cancer itself. The tests carried out to diagnose the cause of your symptoms may include an ultra sound scan of the womb to see if there are any abnormalities. A hysteroscopy may be used in which a small tube with a light on the end is used to examine the inside of the womb and a sample of the womb lining is taken for analysis.
If the cancer has been found in time treatment will usually involve the removal of the womb itself, this method of treatment has been found to be very successful and further treatment is usually not needed. Radiotherapy maybe used to eliminate any remaining cancerous cells after the operation, Chemotherapy and hormone therapy may also be used to shrink the cancer prior to any surgical procedure. Most side effects of radiotherapy can be controlled by medicine.
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