Let’s get personal and talk about the female anatomy and cancer for a moment. When it comes to the female anatomy, it seems that women got the short end of the stick with all the different places and ways they can contract cancer. There’s breast cancer, which can be detected with a mammogram, a self exam or an exam done in the office. Then we have cervical cancer, which can be detected by a yearly pap smear done by your gynecologist. And, let’s not forget ovarian cancer, which can sometimes be found with a routine pelvic exam, although there is no real early detection or test for, and then there’s uterine cancer. Do you know how to tell if you have uterine cancer? Do you know what the signs and symptoms are? We didn’t and it was enlightening.
What is Uterine Cancer
Uterine cancer is cancer of the uterus and it is the most common type of cancer in the female parts. It begins when normal cells in the uterus change and grow uncontrollably, forming a mass. Endometrial cancer, which develops from those cells in the lining of the uterus that women slough off every month when they get their period, accounts for 80% of most types of uterine cancers. Here’s where it’s scary, it can spread outside the uterus. The other type of uterine cancer is called sarcomas. This type of cancer grows in the supporting tissues of the uterine glands or the uterine muscle and accounts for 2 – 4% of all uterine cancers. And, guess what? Uterine sarcoma cancer can also spread outside the uterus.
Signs and Symptoms of Uterine Cancer
First, it’s important to note that there is no “test” that can be taken to see if you have uterine cancer. A pap smear won’t tell the doctor if the bad cells in the cervix are also in the uterus. So, what are the signs and symptoms of uterine cancer that would cause you to get tested in the first place?
- Unusual vaginal bleeding, spotting, or discharge (especially post-menopausal!)
- Difficulty or pain when urinating
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Pain in the pelvic area
Yes, these symptoms seem pretty innocuous, except for bleeding after menopause, but women, you must know your body and pay attention to what it is telling you to notice the changes that this type of cancer brings.
Risk Factors of Uterine Cancer
Whose at risk to get uterine cancer? We are not alarmists at J-Vibe, just informants; but ladies, if you fit any of these criteria, please start to listen to your bodies!
- Women over 50; the average age is 60
- If you are taking or have taken Tamoxifin
- If you’ve never been pregnant or got your period before the age of 12
- If you are on Hormone Replacement Therapy
- A diet high in animal fat
Uterine Cancer Prevention
Now we know what causes it and what they symptoms are, how do we prevent it?
- Good diet and exercise
- Taking birth control pills, especially over a long period of time
- Think twice about taking HRT
Peach Outreach – Take a Bite out of Uterine Cancer
J-Vibe is all about our Jewish community and how we give back to the greater good. Philanthropy. And, with that comes Peach Outreach. Peach Outreach is a non-profit organization that is committed to raising awareness about uterine cancer and other gynecological cancers. Their goal is to raise funds to support not only the research regarding uterine and other gynecological cancers, but also to support the education to advance early diagnosis, treatment and the quality of life of uterine cancer and other gynecological cancer patients, survivors and their families. And this wonderful non-profit that is doing such good for every female was started by one of our own, Marcy Kurtz.
How can you help Peach Outreach take a bite out of uterine cancer? It just so happens that Marcy and her team of do-gooders have put together an amazing evening called, Peaches & Dreams that will take place on Sunday, May 31 from 6pm – 9pm. Girls, this is your time to put away the kids and the husbands and have some girlfriend time! Shop, eat, drink and play bingo for bags! Yes, that’s right, HANDBAGS!! Be sure to register, and remember, it’s all for the fight against uterine cancer.
This is going to be SUCH a fun night, J-Vibe will definitely be there and we hope you will be there too, because it’s time to take a bite out of cancer with Peach Outreach!