ENDOMETRIAL CANCER

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INCIDENCE AND EPIDEMIOLOGY

The most common gynecologic cancer—54,870 cases are diagnosed in the United States and 10,170 pts die annually. It is primarily a disease of postmenopausal women. Obesity, altered menstrual cycles, infertility, late menopause, and postmenopausal bleeding are commonly encountered in women with endometrial cancer. Women taking tamoxifen to prevent breast cancer recurrence and those taking estrogen replacement therapy are at a modestly increased risk. Peak incidence is in the sixth and seventh decades.

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