Up to 60% of uterine cancer cases are preventable with proper lifestyle habits, including:
These healthy habits help:
Taking birth control pills also reduces the risk of uterine cancer. Researchers estimate that for every five years you’re on the pill, your chance of developing uterine cancer drops by 25%. And, Dr. Salom or Dr. Tangir can provide additional cancer-prevention education and counseling.
Dr. Salom and Dr. Tangir always start with a pelvic exam to detect any oddities in the uterus. To rule out other conditions that might be causing your symptoms, your doctor also performs an ultrasound. During this diagnostic procedure, he checks the endometrium and looks for abnormalities in the uterine lining.
Your gynecologist may then perform a hysteroscopy for closer examination of the uterus. He’ll insert a scope into your uterus and use the lens to check the endometrium and uterus lining. If he suspects cancer, he’ll remove tissue from the uterine lining for biopsy. If the biopsy is inconclusive, your doctor performs a dilation and curettage (D&C) to scrape tissue from the uterine lining and send it in for testing.
To figure out what stage your cancer is in, Dr. Salom or Dr. Tangir orders:
Treatment options depend on the cancer’s characteristics and your overall health and age. Dr. Salom and Dr. Tangir treat most endometrial cancers with a hysterectomy. They perform most hysterectomies using minimally invasive robotic surgery.
A hysterectomy will leave you unable to have children and will send you into immediate menopause. During the surgery, your doctor checks your lymph nodes and surrounding area for signs of cancer. Following surgery, your gynecologist may recommend radiation or chemotherapy to eradicate any remaining cancer cells.
If you have advanced-stage uterine cancer, you may choose radiation therapy to manage pain or hormone therapy to inhibit cancer cell growth. These treatments can significantly improve your quality of life.
A cancer diagnosis is a difficult situation to face, but you can start by putting your health in the best hands possible. Call The Center for Gynecologic Oncology today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Salom or Dr. Tangir.