According to experts, uterine cancer rates soar especially among black women
Frightening statistics indicate that death from uterine cancer has risen 21% in the last two decades.
The medical and scientific advances in the last 20 years have brought a dramatic change to the prognosis of cancer patients. The statistics for recovery from previously deadly cancers has risen dramatically, with one frightening exception.
According to experts, uterine cancer is more prevalent and deadlier than ever, with a particularly high incidence in black women.
CDC REVEALS SHOCKING FACTS ABOUT UTERINE CANCERA report released by the Center for Disease Control clearly states that uterine cancer diagnoses and deaths are on the rise despite the dramatic progress achieved against most other cancers since 1999.
The numbers are clear - and terrifying. Diagnoses of uterine cancer are up 12% in the overall population, and deaths are up 21%.
Uterine cancer cases are being diagnosed at a later stage among black women, who are twice as likely to die of the disease than patients of any other racial group.
Women who experience any or all of the described symptoms should contact their doctor immediately.
WHAT IS UTERINE CANCER?
Uterine cancer, also called endometrial or womb cancer, starts in the lining of the uterus. It can spread, infecting the cervix, the outer lining of the womb, the ovaries, the Fallopian tubes, the vagina, and the vulva.
This cancer is often called the "silent killer" because the first tell-tale signs are often disregarded by women.
SYMPTOMS OF UTERINE CANCER
Unlike cervical cancer, uterine cancer cannot be diagnosed by a routine test such as the PAP smear or a pelvic exam.
Most of the women eventually diagnosed with uterine cancer report abnormal vaginal bleeding, changes in their periods, bleeding after menopause and pain during intercourse.
Since none of these symptoms are exclusive to uterine cancer, many women and their physicians have difficulty pinpointing the deadly culprit.
Contributing factors to uterine cancer are obesity - which quadruples the risk - and colon cancer. Women who experience any or all of the described symptoms should contact their doctor immediately.
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COLON CANCER IS A RISK FACTOR FOR UTERINE CANCER
One of the risk factors for uterine cancer is having colon cancer. Jennifer Waller, a 32-year-old nurse from New Jersey is well aware of that fact.
Jennifer was diagnosed with colon cancer and she is appealing to both men and women to have themselves screened regularly:
"I was diagnosed with malignant cancer [six] days ago, and I want to make sure other young people get screened."
Jennifer posted an alert on social media because people are not encouraged to test for colon cancer until after they are 50 years old.
Some of the factors that increase the risk of colon cancer are being overweight, physically inactive, eat a diet high in red meat, smoke, and suffer from alcoholism.
Sadly, many often put off the warning signs as something innocuous and may discover they suffer from colon cancer at an advanced stage, when the disease is much harder to eradicate.
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