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August 6, 2009 – Vol. 3 • No. 12

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Uterine cancer:
Obesity a key risk factor

Sadie B. King, who was treated for uterine cancer last year, participates in a clinical trial called SUCCEED .
Sadie B. King
Dorthula Anderson is not the typical 76-year-old woman.

She started skiing in her 60s and has an award to show for her remarkable progress. In one season, she proudly explains, she went from a non-skier to the intermediate level.

And there are the whitewater rafting expeditions that she has gone on in her early 70s.

To say the least, Anderson is exuberant about life. So when she was diagnosed with uterine cancer — commonly referred to as endometrial cancer — last year, she handled it with bold determination.

No time for tears or worry. “I just wanted to know what could be done about it,” she said. “It was going to be whatever it was to be.” Full story


Young and old are vulnerable

For a moment, uterine cancer was the subject of national attention.

It required two years of legislative work, but in 2007 President George W. Bush signed into law the Gynecologic Cancer Education and Awareness Act of 2005, or “Johanna’s Law.”

Johanna’s Law was named after Johanna Silver Gordon, a former schoolteacher who did not recognize the symptoms of ovarian cancer and died from its complications.

But the national attention failed to generate research dollars. In fact, the opposite occurred for research of uterine, or endometrial cancer, the leading type of gynecological cancer. Full story

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Uterine cancer treatment: A step by step approach
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A closer look

The uterus is a hollow organ about the size and shape of a pear located between the bladder and the rectum. Its main function is to nourish the developing baby prior to birth. The lower and narrow part of the uterus is the cervix, while the upper broader portion is called the body. Full story


The disparity of uterine cancer click here

Clinical trials for uterine cancer click here

Signs and symptoms click here

Questions & Answers click here

Risk factors click here

Reduce your risk click here

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