Hereditary Uterine Cancer


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1:29 women will develop uterine cancer.

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5%-10% of these are hereditary.1

What is uterine (endometrial) cancer?

The uterus is the reproductive organ in women where a fetus is carried. Uterine cancer often begins as an abnormal cell growth in the lining (endometrium) of a woman’s uterus; this type of cancer is also called "endometrial cancer."

Learn more about the signs and symptoms of uterine cancer from the American Cancer Society.

Female reproductive system

A Note on Cervical Cancer

"Cervix" is the name for the opening of the uterus. Even though it's part of the same reproductive system, cervical cancer is not the same as uterine or ovarian cancer. Cervical cancer is generally not hereditary. It is primarily caused by a virus called HPV, which is transmitted sexually.

Could I have an increased risk for hereditary uterine cancer?

Risk factors for inherited uterine cancer include:

  • One or more family members have been diagnosed with uterine cancer at an early age, especially before age 50
  • Your family has a history of uterine cancer and another cancer, such as breast, colon, ovarian, stomach or bile duct cancer
  • Your family has a history of early onset colon, breast, or thyroid cancers
  • There is a known gene mutation in your family.

Concerned that hereditary cancer might run in your family?

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