Do you know that uterine (endometrial) cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women? It is also the most common cancer of women’s reproductive organs. This goes to a large length to show how this cancer affects a lot of women all over the world. One of the most harmful parts of uterine cancer is that it can metastasize to the rectum or bladder. Other areas where it may spread include the vagina, ovaries and fallopian tubes.
What is uterine cancer?
The uterus is a hollow muscular organ located in the female pelvis between the bladder and rectum. Uterine cancer is a type of cancer that affects the uterus. It arises when the cells that make up the lining of the womb (the endometrium) begins to reproduce excessively. The effect of uterine cancer is less if recognized on time and that is why you should know the risk factors and symptoms.
Several things can heighten your risk of developing uterine cancer. Some of these risk factors are manageable while others are not. Some risk factors for uterine cancer include; Age, medical conditions that lead to a high level of estrogen but not progesterone, obesity, diabetes, cancer of the breast or ovaries, family history, a certain hereditary form of cancer of the large intestine (colon), or possibly, endometrial cancer in a first-degree family member, high blood pressure.
There are different signs your body gives when you have uterine cancer. Some of them include; unusual vaginal discharge that does not have signs of blood, difficult or painful urination, pain during intercourse, pain and/or a mass in the pelvic area, weight loss without trying, frequent urination, pain in the abdomen, etc.
Too much intake of alcohol can double your risk of uterine cancer. A study has also found that the link between alcohol intake and endometrial cancer is stronger among lean women than among overweight or obese postmenopausal women. Too much intake of alcohol can cause alterations in ovulation, cycle regulation and ovarian reserve. It can also constrain proper implantation in the uterus thus leading to a heightened rate of early loss of the pregnancy or resorption. This can all happen without the knowledge of the woman. All women should avoid excessive intake of alcohol for the sake of the uterus and other vital organs in the body.
Smoking can largely accelerate uterine cancer hence, all women should avoid it. Research has shown that tobacco by-products can be found in the cervical mucus of women who smoke. These tobacco by-products damage the DNA of cervix cells and may contribute to the development of cervical cancer. Heavy smoking can also reduce fertility because of its effect on the ovaries hence stop smoking for the sake of your health.
3. Sugar and high glycemic-index carbohydrates
Excessive intake of sugar is dangerous and all women should avoid it. Abuse of sugar and other high glycemic-index carbohydrates can lead to the expansion of uterine cancer. This is because too much intake of these foods can lead to diabetes which is a serious risk factor for uterine cancer. Non-insulin-dependent diabetes is correlated with the risk of uterine cancer, particularly in women who are overweight or obese. High-glycemic index foods can also increase blood glucose levels significant hence avoid them. Examples of such foods include; sugary soft drinks, white bread, white rice, etc.
Everyone should adhere to the tips of this article.
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