Cancer Information at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center  

Uterine Cancer Risk Factors

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Risk factors for uterine cancer include:

  • Weight: Obesity is a strong risk factor for endometrial cancer.
  • Genetics:  Women with a family history of colorectal and/or endometrial cancer may have Lynch Syndrome, or Hereditary Non-Polyposis Colorectal Syndrome, which significantly increases the risk of endometrial cancer. Inherited genes associated with Lynch Syndrome account for five percent of endometrial cancer cases.
  • Tamoxifen Women who take tamoxifen are at an increased risk.
  • Infertility: Women who have a history of infertility or polycystic
    Ovarian Syndrome are at increased risk.
  • Diabetes: Women with diabetes are at higher risk.

Reducing Your Risk

Although most cases cannot be prevented, there are certain things a
woman can do to lower her risks of developing endometrial cancer:

  • maintain a healthy weight
  • talk to a physician about ways to regulate irregular menstrual
    periods
  • participating in prevention or early detection research studies

See a physician immediately if you experience any post-menopausal
or irregular bleeding.

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2946 E. Banner Gateway Drive
Gilbert, AZ 85234
(480) 256-6444
(855) 256-6444

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