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Chances I will have uterine cancer? Chances I will have uterine cancer?

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Unread 08-04-2001, 02:20 PM
Chances I will have uterine cancer?

I will ask my dr at my next visit if my chances of getting uterine cancer are increased because my grandmother had it causing her to get a hysterectomy. I also found out my other grandmother had hysterectomy for fibroids. I was thinking I should wait as long as possible since a hysterectomy is MAJOR surgery, but now I'm concerned since hearing about my other grandmother. Last year my doc said uterus was soft, enlarged, and there was a fibroid there. I wasn't concerned with the fibroid since it was diagnosed several years ago by ultrasound when I was pregnant with my second baby. He told me he thought I may now have adenomyosis but wouldn't be sure unless a hysterectomy was done. Me being quiet just sort of left thinking no I'm to young for that and hubby wants to keep me fertile LOL. However my symptoms have gotten worse over the last year and the pain is worse. Clots, heavy bleeding, and increase pain. I tried to ask my grandmother who is still alive what her symptoms were but because she has had strokes and has memory loss she told me she didn't even know she had cancer!!! I know she did because cobalt treatments were mentioned along time ago but due to my quietness/shyness I never was able to talk to anyone. Now I am am concerned that if I wait longer things will get only worse. I don't take pills because of side effects and the fact that I didn't want the fibroid growing and I'm done having kids. What are the chances that I will be able to go on till menapause(another 20 years or so)? I'm wondering if I can wait it out or due to the possible diagnosis and history of cancer does that increase my chances for cancer? My mom died at 53 from cancer but unknown if it involved any reproductive organs as she never got that area checked as far as I know. GYN phobia I guess. It's hard because my family has died off and I have no one to look over the family tree with. I'm only 29.
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Unread 08-04-2001, 03:32 PM
Chances I will have uterine cancer?

It's hard.

You know that a poll isn't going to answer your question, right? You need to read up on this at places like WebMD or the Look at the list of links that Vicki collected at the top of this board and read up a little and talk with your doctor. You can get an endometrial biopsy to see what's happening with the cells--whether they're going bad or not.

What kind of cancer did your mother have? You can try to get her medical records if no one knows. That might be worth it. If your grandmothers were fairly old when they got it then the genetic link might not be that strong. But if your mother died of it in her 50s, then you probably have a higher risk than the average person. Your doctor will be able to help you think about this.

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Unread 08-04-2001, 04:41 PM
Chances I will have uterine cancer?

I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and as far as I know, no one in my immediate family had any type of reproductive (or any other type of cancer at all). I have a maternal aunt who had breast cancer, but that it's it. So it was quite a surprise --

I agree with everything Trish says - this is a big issue. I would definitely talk to your doctor about it and you might want to get a second opinion from a gynecologic-oncologist. I'm not sure what city or state you live in, but you could probably find a gyn-oncologist at a teaching hospital (my doctor is at the University of Wisconsin-Madison). The American Cancer Society could probably also give you direction---

Keep the faith--


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Unread 08-18-2001, 08:29 AM
Chances I will have uterine cancer?

I just wanted to say thanks for answering my questions. Sorry it took so long to get back as I am not really concerned that I will get cancer. I'm still young and being that I'm in so much pain that relieves my fears because I know that cancer usually is pain free or at least I think. Anyway to answer the question about my mom she had cancer of the pancreas which spread to the liver and lungs. She never went for regular check-ups for the reproductive organs so I really have no idea on that one. She ignored that area totally. Kind of sad. I will however ask my dr to do a blood test to see if there are any abnormalites (CA125)? Anyway I just wanted to say thanks. My husband says I overreact so I will see what dr says and just not worry about it if he doesn't want to do any further testing. He never saw to it that I didn't have to have my iron checked or other testing during any of my physicals although I never told him how tired I get when I don't take vitamins and ginseng. Plus I've had to take benadryl practically every night for insomnia. I figured insomnia wasn't the gyn's concern and that I should tell my family dr about that sometime. I always considered the pap test and physical from the gyn as my one and only physical per year. Perhaps I should be more specific at this visit. It's been a year since I saw him and hubby will go with me.
Unread 08-19-2001, 07:40 AM
Chances I will have uterine cancer?


I agree with the gals. Whenever there is a family history of cancer, particularly one at a young age, it is best to keep an eye on it. A consult with a gyn oncologist may be a good idea.

I know that having a family member with breast or ovarian for instance can increase the cancer risk for yourself. I'm not sure how this works with other cancers.

I was told by my oncologist that my cancer was the type that can be linked to breast cancer. I knew ever since we lost my mother at a young age (44) that I would be at higher risk for breast but didn't know the connection to ovarian at the time. Not all ovarian cancers have this connection however.

One thing to keep in mind on the CA125 blood test. This is really not meant to be a screening test, as it can also pick up on other conditions such as endometriosis. It is much more reliable to be used as a tumor marker to track an existing cancer.

I think it would be a good idea to bring along your DH to your visit to be another set of "ears" and do mention everything that is happening, fatigue, insomnia, etc which will all help your Dr look at the whole picture.

I wish you the best on your visit, please let us know how it goes.



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