Uterine cancer claimed more than 10,700 lives in 2016, with more than 50,000 new cases confirmed of the previous year.
Thanks to modern medicine, most types of cancer are on the decline today. However, a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report shows that uterine cancer is not the memo.
“Uterine cancer is one of the few cancers with increasing incidence and mortality in the United States,” the report said.
The cancer claimed more than 10,700 lives in 2016, according to the CDC report. More than 50,000 new cases were confirmed in the previous year. According to the CDC, uterine cancer is the fourth most common form of cancer among women. It is a top contender for cancer deaths in women.
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What’s more, the new report found what is particularly interesting about uterine cancer, and minorities. First, the mortality rate jumped to the highest in black women compared with other ethnic groups. Specifically, the cancer rates are 4 to 5 deaths per 100,000 women for non-Hispanic whites, Hispanics, and several other groups.
However, black women are seeing 9 deaths per 100,000. That is almost double the number. So why the big difference?
“Black women are more likely to receive a diagnosis at an advanced stage and with more aggressive histologic types than were other women,” says the CDC.
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The researchers think that their late diagnosis “in the section account for the higher mortality among black women.”
Second, different minorities have shown that the highest increases in the uterus, cancer in comparison with non-Hispanic white women. That include Hispanic and Asian groups, in addition to the black population.
But for other groups not off the hook here. Uterine cancer is more common in all women in the report than it was before.
Between 1999 and 2015, the total occurrence of endometrial cancer increased by 12 percent. That percentage is the highest in the black and white population: 27 cases per 100,000 women. For other groups, the incidence is only 23 out of 100,000.
What’s worse, the mortality rates have increased even more. Overall, the number of deaths from uterine cancer have increased by 21 percent.
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Experts believe that these numbers are “that, in part, an increase in the prevalence of overweight and obesity since the 1980s.”
Researchers do not understand all the causes of the association, says the National Cancer Institute. However, studies also show that there is a strong relationship between obesity and cancer.
NCI states that almost 70 percent of U.S. adults 20 years and older are overweight. In addition, overweight women are 2-4 times more likely to develop colon cancer.
Uterine cancer is the most common of all uterine cancer, according to the CDC.
The idea is that if obesity is on the rise, endometrial cancer should follow. This report is to suggest. Uterine cancer do not undergo preventive screening tests, in contrast to the uterine cervix, breast or lung cancer.
For now, the CDC recommends that doctors and health professionals, promoting a healthy lifestyle and physical activity among women. In addition, women need to remain aware of the early warning signs of uterine cancer.
Abnormal vaginal bleeding is one of the most common, as reported, so that 90 percent of women with the disease. Abnormal bleeding includes bleeding between periods, after intercourse or after the menopause. Should any of these occur, women should seek their doctor immediately.