The health of a woman’s uterus is essential to the reproductive system and overall health. Uterine tumor growth and cancer relationship awareness of this system is important to understand. Your health & life could depend on this knowledge. The uterus system is integral to the body and sensitive to cancer risk. During the child bearing years the wall lining of the uterus grows and thickens in preparation for pregnancy. If a woman does not become pregnant menstruation occurs as the thick wall lining releases excess blood flow through the vagina. Since the uterus is integral by close proximity to the lymph nodes, nerves, or blood vessels, metastasis of cancer can form in the lungs, liver, or other areas of the body. The disease is referred to as “metastatic uterine cancer (Primary uterus tumor cells-Spread to distal areas). Knowledge of normal uterine function to include timely abnormal symptom diagnosis and treatment provides optimum prevention against cancer.
A healthy uterine system is dependent on a normal cell replacement and repair life cycle. If this cycle becomes a mutated cycle; benign (growth occurs, but not cancerous), or malignant (cancerous) tumors may grow and spread throughout the body. Common tumors that may, or may not impact a woman’s reproductive system and overall health: 1) Fibroids – These are common benign tumors that grow in the muscle of the uterus. They tend to reduce in size and may disappear once a woman reaches menopause. Surgery may be necessary with discomfort. 2) Endometrial Hyperplasia – An increasing cell production which thickens the lining of the uterus. Those with abnormal bleeding before or after, or heavy menstrual periods should seek treatment. Hyperplasia mostly presents itself for women in their forties and is the most common cancer of the uterus lining. Risk Factors – Fifty and over; obesity and high blood pressure. You have endometrial hyperplasia. Use Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for menopause, osteoporosis, used also to reduce risk of heart disease and stroke. Use tamoxifen to prevent, or treat breast cancer. White women are more likely than African-American women to get uterus cancer. If diagnosed with colorectal cancer you are at higher risk of uterus cancer.
Recommendations, Diagnosis, Prevention, Uterus Cancer Treatment & Surgery:
1. Seek Treatment – Difficult or painful urination, unusual vaginal bleeding or discharge. Pain during intercourse or pain in pelvic area.
2. Get a second opinion if prognosis is daunting. Cancer Info Services 1800-4-CANCER, or Seek Official ABMS (American Board Certified Medical Specialists) 1-885-275-2267.
3. Pelvic Exam for lumps, changes within size/shape of vagina, uterus, bladder and rectum.
4. Transvaginal Ultrasound – A high-frequency instrument is inserted through the vagina… Echoes an image of the uterus endometruim wall. A thick wall may require a biopsy.
5. Pap Test – Cervix and upper vagina cell samples are collected in a medical laboratory.
6. In order to stop malignant tumor growth, surgery to remove the uterus (hysterectomy), or treatment with hormones (progesterone) is the standard course of action.
7. Uterus Radiation Treatment – Outpatient external body therapy aimed at the tumor area 5 days a week for several weeks. Internal Radiation – Tiny tubes containing radiation particulates released through the vagina. Protocol may include progesterone therapy.
8. Protein is important in the diet. It promotes healing, strength, energy & body weight.
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