Uterine Cancer Facts

Did You Know that 40,000 women were diagnosed with uterine cancer last year, almost all of it cancer of the endometrium, the lining of the uterus. "Traditionally, we think of uterine cancer as a disease of postmenopausal women," says Memorial Sloan-Kettering's Dr. Carol Brown, also chair of SGO's government relations committee. Indeed, actress Fran Drescher's first doctor told her she was perimenopausal and prescribed progesterone pills without doing tests to determine why the then-40-year-old actress had been spotting and bleeding heavily for months.

In 2010, an estimated 43,470 women in the United States will be diagnosed with uterine cancer. It is estimated that 7,950 deaths from this disease will occur this year. Uterine cancer is the fourth most common cancer and the eighth most common cause of cancer death for women in the United States. Although uterine cancer rates are higher among white women than black women, black women more likely to die from uterine cancer as white women.

The one-year relative survival rate (percentage of people who survive at least one year after the cancer is detected, excluding those who die from other diseases) for uterine cancer is 92%. The five-year relative survival rate for a woman with a local (without spread) uterine cancer at diagnosis is about 96%. If the cancer is diagnosed with regional spread, the five-year relative survival rate is about 67%, and if diagnosed after the cancer has spread more distantly, it is 17%.

Many women get diagnosed with Uterine Cancer every year. Most cant find any work and not able to support themselves or pay their bills. Some will grow weak and lose their battle while struggling to make ends meet. Some will try to get Medicaid and some will not qualify. Social Services try to help but at times cant. Doctors are doing what they can, But it is becoming a stressful situation to find means to get coverage or the help most need. Therefore bringing the medical care to a halt leaving medical bills unpaid. That's why we are here to help those who need it.

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