Risk Factors

Risk factors for endometrial cancer include use of estrogen without progesterone, diabetes, hypertension, tamoxifen use and later age of menopause (after age 52). About 75% of women diagnosed with endometrial cancer have already gone through menopause.

However, one of the strongest and most common risk factors for the development of endometrial cancer is obesity. Women who are obese have higher circulating levels of estrogen, which increases their risk for endometrial cancer.

Heredity also plays a role in a small percentage of women with endometrial cancer. Some families have a high frequency of endometrial, colon and ovarian cancer. If you have relatives with endometrial, colon and ovarian cancer, you should see a genetics specialist. Learn more in the Risk Awareness pages on the website.

Spotlight

Visit the Sisterhood of Survivorship page to read “Dena’s Story” — by a vulvar cancer survivor who has shared her story and wise words, and channeled her energy into her National Race to End Women’s Cancer team.

Awareness

Vaccine efficacy against vulvar infection with HPV 16/18 was comparable to the efficacy found against cervical infection 4 years after vaccination, according to researchers with the National Cancer Institute.

Research

The Foundation has published its 2014-2015 Research Grants and Awards Booklet with Applications. Please consider applying to become part of an elite group of physician-scientists committed to the well-being of women at risk for/affected by gyn malignancies.

Education

The next Ovarian Cancer Survivors Course will be Saturday, July 26, 2014 in Boston. For more information on courses, click here.