Endometrial cancer is cancer that starts in the endometrium, the lining of the uterus (womb).
Endometrial cancer is the most common type of uterine cancer. While the exact cause of endometrial cancer is unknown, an increased level of estrogen may play a role. Estrogen helps stimulate the buildup of the lining of the uterus, which can lead to overgrowth of the endometrium and cancer.
Most cases of endometrial cancer occur between the ages of 60 and 70, with a few cases occurring before age 40.
The following factors related to your hormones increase your risk of endometrial cancer:
Women with the following conditions also seem to be at a higher risk of endometrial cancer:
Symptoms of endometrial cancer include: