Uterine Cancer Prevention

Reducing Your Risk of Uterine Cancer

We don’t know what causes uterine cancer. But some things may increase your chances of getting it. You may be able to change your behavior and reduce your risk. We can help you find the best ways to reduce your risk.

Uterine Cancer Risk Factors

You are more likely to get uterine cancer if you have:

  • A history of not ovulating
  • A history of infertility
  • A personal or family history of Hereditary Nonpolyposis Colon Cancer (HNPCC)
  • Had high exposure to estrogen over a period of time. High exposure can be caused by:
    • Estrogen replacement therapy without progesterone
    • Early start of menstrual periods
    • Late menopause
    • Obesity
  • Had polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Never breast-fed
  • Never had children
  • Used Tamoxifen

Uterine Cancer Symptoms

The most common symptoms of uterine cancer are:

  • Losing weight without trying
  • Increased vaginal discharge
  • Unexpected or abnormal bleeding from the vagina after menopause

Most abnormal bleeding and vaginal discharge is not caused by cancer. If you have any of these symptoms, call your doctor or make an appointment with The University of Kansas Cancer Center.