Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer Overview

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Causes, Risk Factors, and Prevention TOPICS

Can endometrial cancer be prevented?

Although endometrial cancer can’t be prevented, there are some things that may lower your risk of getting this disease.

Some things that all women can try to do are:

  • Get to and stay at a healthy weight
  • Get regular physical activity (exercise)
  • Eat a healthy diet

Women taking hormones to treat the symptoms of menopause shouldn’t take estrogen alone (without progesterone) unless they don’t have a uterus.

If a woman has an endometrium problem (such as endometrial hyperplasia), having it treated before it becomes cancer (needed in some, but not all cases) is another way to lower the risk of endometrial cancer.

Women with hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer (HNPCC, Lynch syndrome) have a very high risk of endometrial cancer. To prevent endometrial cancer, a woman with HNPCC may choose to have her uterus removed (a hysterectomy) after she has finished having children.

Last Medical Review: 02/09/2015
Last Revised: 02/04/2016