Genetic Causes of Endometrial Cancers
Is Endometrial Cancer In Your Genetics?
Endometrial cancer, also known as uterine cancer, starts in the cells that form the lining of the uterus. If endometrial cancer is discovered early, removing the uterus surgically often cures it.
Causes of endometrial cancer
Endometrial cancer is caused by mutations in the DNA of endometrial cells. The mutation turns healthy cells into cancerous cells. Cancer cells invade nearby tissues and spread to other places in the body.
Risk factors of endometrial cancer
- Changes in the balance of female hormones in the body
- Menstruation onset before age 12
- Never being pregnant
- Advanced age
Endometrial cancer symptoms
- Vaginal bleeding after menopause
- Bleeding between periods
- Pelvic pain
How to prevent the risks of endometrial cancer?
- Use oral contraceptives/birth control pills
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Keep a diet rich in phytochemicals
Know your predisposition to endometrial cancer
DNA or Genetic Testing can help women find out their predisposition to endometrial cancer before they have symptoms of that disease. DNAwise genetic test reports predisposition to endometrial cancer, based on which women can:
- Plan their health checkups for the early detection of cancer, when it's small and hasn't spread
- Make appropriate lifestyle changes based on DNAwise report recommendations on fitness and nutrition
Hereditary endometrial cancer makes up approximately 2% to 5% of all cases. A family history that includes a mother, sister or daughter diagnosed with the disease puts women at greater risk. One should be vigilant if there is a family history of endometrial cancer. DNA test can be really useful in these cases.
Being aware of your disease predispositions and what is suitable for your body in terms of health, fitness and nutrition enables you to adopt the perfect lifestyle. Screening detects cancer’s hidden signs long before symptoms appear or when it is most treatable. Understand your screening report and counseling helps to manage your cancer risk. Opt for cancer prevention and a healthy lifestyle by ordering a DNAwise genetic test kit today.