What Will Increase the Risk of Endometrial Cancer?

Q:

What are the risk factor of endometrial cancer?

A:

The risk factors will increase the chance of getting endometrial cancer.

The biggest risk factor for most endometrial cancers is related to the hormone estrogen. Estrogen is not a risk factor for endometrial cancer when it is balanced with another hormone, progesterone. But the estrogen imbalance will increase the chance of having endometrial cancer.

Common risk factors include:

  • Being obese: fat cells make extra estrogen, but the body can’t produce extra progesterone to balance it out.
  • Taking estrogen without taking a progestin
  • Taking tamoxifen
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Having naturally high levels of estrogen

Other thing that increases your risk include:

  • Being older than 50
  • Inheriting some kinds of genes
  • Having endometrial hyperplasia
  • Having type 2 diabetes
  • Never having been pregnant
  • Having previous radiation therapy to the pelvis

 

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