Reducing Your Risk of Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer
A risk factor increases your chances of developing cancer. Modifying the following risk factors may help reduce your risk of uterine or endometrial cancer.
The use of birth control pills is associated with decreased risk of uterine cancer. But experts do not recommend taking these pills solely to prevent uterine cancer.
Preventive suggestions include controlling your weight, controlling your glucose levels if you are
Losing weight may help decrease your risk of uterine cancer. Women who are overweight tend to have higher levels of estrogens, and this may be why their risk of uterine cancer is higher than average.
Uterine cancer is more common in women with
See your doctor regularly. Inform your doctor of any menstrual abnormalities, and report any menstrual bleeding that occurs after
Birth control pills (oral contraceptives) have been shown to decrease the risk of uterine cancer, especially in women who have not borne children. It is theorized that the progestin in the pills may offer a protective benefit. The use of birth control pills is associated with decreased risk of uterine cancer, but experts do not recommend taking these pills solely to prevent uterine cancer.
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