Enlightening Women about Uterine Cancer
Central New Jersey-Area Residents:
Please join me on Saturday, January 28, 2017, at 2:00 PM at the Hunterdon County Library Headquarters (Route 12) in Flemington for a conversation about uterine (endometrial) cancer—the 4th most common cancer in US women and the most common gynecologic cancer. (Registration information appears below.) Although it will take more than 10,000 American lives this year, uterine cancer doesn’t get much media attention. By learning how to catch it early, we can improve the survival rate—the earlier the stage of the cancer, the longer the life of the patient.
Some Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer Statistics*
- More than 90% of uterine cancers occur in the uterine lining, or endometrium
- More than 60,000 American women were diagnosed in 2016, many never suspecting they had cancer
- More than 10,000 of affected women died in 2016, perhaps needlessly
- At least 80% of uterine cancers occur because of excess estrogen
- One estimate states that making small habit changes could prevent 3 out of every 5 cases of uterine cancer per year in the US
- The incidence of uterine cancer is rising, including among younger women, who may never bear children
- White women are more likely to get uterine cancer, but black women are more likely to die from it
- Cancer Facts & Figures 2016, American Cancer Society (page 24)
- Cancer Stat Facts: Endometrial Cancer, National Cancer Institute
- Uterine Cancer Statistics (2013), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- All About Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer, OncoLink
Learn More About the Most Common Gynecologic Cancer
- RISK FACTORS—Such as (1) excess estrogen levels arising from reproductive history, taking tamoxifen for breast cancer, using birth control pills or estrogen preparations, and obesity; (2) family history and genetic predisposition, including relatives with gynecologic cancer or colorectal cancer (Lynch syndrome)
- SYMPTOMS—Such as abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge, especially, but not exclusively, among post-menopausal women; vaginal or abdominal pain
- TREATMENT OPTIONS—Such as choosing the right doctor (do you know about gynecologic oncologists?), da Vinci robotic hysterectomy, internal radiation (brachytherapy), and chemotherapy
- COMPLICATIONS—Such as lymphatic fluid drainage, vaginal and rectal tissue changes, bladder and rectal prolapse, and risk of recurrence depending on the type, stage, and grade of the tumor
Purpose and Goals of Program
I started ThePatientPath.net on November 9, 2013—just days after I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of uterine (endometrial) cancer of the hereditary type. Today, I am grateful to be a three-year survivor. And I want to hear more women diagnosed with this disease say the same thing.
Most of uterine cancer’s 60,000+ victims in the US are over age 60, but it can strike women of any age—mothers, wives, girlfriends, daughters, other family members, and friends all may be vulnerable. Yet uterine cancer doesn’t get much media attention. And if women do not learn to recognize the risk factors and symptoms, and get timely and proper treatment, their lives may be compromised, and even shortened. Young women stricken with this disease may never bear children.
My mission is to provide informative and inspiring personal stories supplemented with reliable sources of information and support in order to educate, enlighten, encourage, and empower women to be full partners with their healthcare teams as they navigate their cancer course.
Please visit the Events Calendar at http://www.hclibrary.us and click on 1/28/17 to reserve your seat by email or by calling 908-788-1434 or 908-730-6135. Download the event flyer at http://www.hclibrary.us/pdfs/programs/patient.pdf.
Please join me in raising awareness of this under-discussed disease.
Together we can help stop it from killing the organ that gives us life.
– Pamela Bond Contractor, Uterine Cancer Survivor and Peer Health Educator
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