See the updated post of 12/17/19: Uterine (Endometrial Cancer: Six-Year Post-Hysterectomy Exam
This year, the American Cancer Society estimated that 61,880 new cases of uterine cancer would be diagnosed and that 12,160 women—20 percent—would die from it.
On December 13, 2013 (also a Friday), I underwent a total robotic hysterectomy for uterine cancer—type 1, stage 1B, grade 3 endometrial adenocarcinoma—at which time the estimates were 49,560 and 8,190, respectively. (Endometrial cancer, which arises from the lining of the womb, is the most common type of uterine cancer.)
My next checkup is scheduled for next week, and I am optimistic that all will be well. Although I have had secondary effects from my internal vaginal radiation (brachytherapy), I have had no other problems since that other Friday the 13th, which I now consider a lucky day.
And to commemorate my six-year anniversary, I am inspired to update patient education about this most commonly diagnosed gynecologic cancer, fourth most common cancer, and sixth most common cause of cancer death in women in the United States. Stay tuned.*
One of the most important parts of the upcoming discussion will be about uterine cancer risk factors. In this age of the explosion of data from internet sources and genetic testing, we can arm ourselves with an abundance of information and knowledge to help us take charge of our health.
As a start, you can view this one-minute video from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about common symptoms of gynecologic cancer—my only symptom was postmenopausal vaginal bleeding.
* In the meantime, you can read more about my personal experience here: Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer – My Story & More and Radiation Therapy for Uterine Cancer – My Story & More. I will also be updating the links in the Resources, so please check back soon.