Signs and symptoms of uterine cancer or endometrial cancer in women are the 4th most common cancer in most industrialized countries.
The incidence of uterine cancer or endometrial cancer continues to increase over the last few decades. About 7,000 USA women die each year from endometrial cancer.
Cancer and uterine cancer is largely a preventable illness. Two-thirds of cancer deaths in the USA and other industrialized countries can be linked to tobacco use, heavy drinking, hormone imbalance, poor diet, obesity and lack of exercise.
When women begin to experience hormone imbalance, the uterus is usually one of the first organs to show symptoms. It is common for women to have symptoms like enlarged uterus, PMS and uterine fibroids.
According to Harvard-trained Dr. John R. Lee, these symptoms should not be treated with conventional medicine because it will eliminate the pain but it will not solve your hormone imbalance.
Signs and symptoms of uterine cancer or endometrial cancer is more predominant of postmenopausal women and during the 5 to 10 years before menopause when estrogen dominance is common.
Periodic gynecologic evaluation and regular physical examination is useful for other problems, but they rarely detect uterine cancer or endometrial cancer – pap smears are unreliable for diagnosing signs and symptoms of uterine cancer or endometrial cancer.
Postmenopausal women that are given synthetic estrogen or hormone replacement therapy, for example, may experience vaginal spotting or bleeding which may cause their doctor to recommend a hysterectomy as the treatment.
Abnormal bleeding may or may not be a sign or symptom of uterine cancer. To undergo an endometrial biopsy where the doctor removes a sample of tissue from the uterine lining is perhaps a good idea and it may be recommended.
If you have a negative biopsy but continue to have abnormal bleeding, your doctor may advise you to have a ultrasound examination to evaluate the endometrium or a hysteroscopy (endoscopic evaluation of the uterus).
The most common signs or symptoms of uterine cancer are:
• Very long menstrual periods or bleeding between menstrual periods
• Abnormal uterine bleeding or postmenopausal bleeding
• Painful urination
• Painful intercourse
• Pelvic pain
• Weight loss
Women who use estrogen without progesterone have an increased risk of experiencing signs and symptoms of uterine cancer, according to Dr. Lee. Long-term use and large doses of estrogen or ERT (Estrogen Replacement Therapy) increase the risk of uterine cancer or endometrial cancer.
Women who use a combination of estrogen and progesterone have a lower risk of uterine cancer than women who use estrogen alone.
The progesterone protects the lining of the uterus and it is needed by the body to make other steroid hormones.
Most uterine cancers seem to be caused by factors like environmental pollutants, toxin exposure, obesity, exposure to unopposed estrogen, synthetic HRT (hormone replacement therapy), obesity, some genetic factors and poor diet.
According to Dr. John R. Lee, there seems to be a strong connection between estrogens and signs and symptoms of uterine cancer or endometrial cancer.
This is the reason why Dr. John R. Lee believes and has experienced in his own practice that the use of natural progesterone has the best balancing or opposing role to estrogens and uterine cancer or endometrial cancer. Read more about bioidentical hormones and natural progesterone.
Recommended books for signs and symptoms of uterine cancer
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause by John R. Lee and Virginia Hopkins
Dr. John R. Lee was retired from his 30-year family practice. Virginia Hopkins, M.S. is a well-known co-author of books on natural hormone balance, signs and symptoms of uterine cancer and nutrition.
This book gives facts about natural progesterone, HRT, endometriosis, low sex drive, fibrocystic breast, osteoporosis, uterine cancer, breast cancer, endometriosis, fibroids, premenopausal and menopausal symptoms, weight gain and many other problems related to hormone imbalance.
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause by Dr. John R. Lee and Virginia Hopkins
Are you a woman between 35 and 50 experiencing PMS, migraine headaches, sudden weight gain, fatigue, irritability, tender or lumpy breasts, memory loss, fibroids, or cold hands and feet? If so, you may be experiencing symptoms of premenopause.
Even if you’re a decade or more away from menopause, your hormones may already be out of balance, usually caused by an excess of estrogen and a deficiency of progesterone.
The authors also discuss the dangers of xenohormones – substances not found in nature that have hormonal effects – and frequently found in pesticides, solvents, plastics, and hormone-treated meat.
The book presents common symptoms of premenopause with suggested natural treatments (progesterone cream, diet, vitamins and herbs) and substances to avoid, plus additional chapters on diet and exercise.