Endometrial cancer is the cancer of the uterus, an important organ of the female reproductive system wherein fetal development takes place. This type of cancer occurs in the lining of the uterus.
According to reports close to 50,000 cases of endometrial cancer are diagnosed in the year 2013 in the United States. 8,000 deaths a year are caused by this cancer. And, approximately 500,000 survivors of this form of cancer presently reside in the country, which indicates that when diagnosed early, endometrial cancer is highly treatable.
Symptoms of Endometrial Cancer
Endometrial cancer can be easily caught in its early stages because of its symptoms. One of the most common symptom is abnormal vaginal bleeding, something women are sure to report to a doctor. This bleeding can occur between periods or even after menopause. In certain cases, patients complain of a water discharge that accompanies abnormal bleeding. Excruciating pain when indulging in intercourse is yet another sign of endometrial cancer.
Causes of Endometrial Cancer in New York
Though the exact cause of this form of cancer is still unknown, doctors opine that increased estrogen levels is a common factor. Endometrial cancer afflicts women between the ages of 60 and 70. Some of the factors that can increase the risk of endometrial cancer in New York:
· Never being pregnant
· Menstruation before the age of 12
· Polycystic ovarian syndrome
· Menopause after the age of 50
· The drug Tamoxifen
· Estrogen replacement therapies
· Misdiagnosis of endometrial cancer in New York
At times, pelvic examinations will not yield any results until the cancer has progressed. A pap smear done during regular gynaec exams may or may not detect any abnormalities. When abnormalities are detected, a procedure known as dilation and curette – D & C, or a biopsy may be performed to remove the tissue to examine. The doctor may also order a trans-vaginal ultrasound or hysteroscopy to rule out cancer of the endometrial lining.
Further testing is done once the patient is diagnosed with endometrial cancer in New York to determine the stage of the cancer. CT scans, x-rays, and blood tests may be conducted in addition to biopsy result. Staging the cancer will help doctors decide upon the best treatment plan.
Misdiagnosis of Endometrial Cancer
Symptoms of this form of cancer can be sometimes similar to the conditions listed below which can lead to a misdiagnosis.
· Endometrial hyperplasia
· Endometrial polyps
· Cervical polyps
· Cervical cancer
· Von Willebrand’s disease
· Pelvic Inflammatory disease
Some of the above listed health conditions can also cause excessive vaginal bleeding. Incorrect interpretation of the biopsy and diagnosing without further testing can lead to a misdiagnosis. Doctors may also end up misdiagnosing the patient when tests to rule out endometrial cancer is not performed.
Repercussions of Misdiagnosis
One of the most common methods of treating the condition is performing a hysterectomy wherein the uterus of the patient is removed. Other forms of treatment that is preferred are radiation therapy, hormone therapy, and chemotherapy.
If the patient doesn’t in reality suffer from endometrial cancer, these treatments can be harsh on the body and make recovery from the actual condition slow and difficult. It also puts the patient at unnecessary risk and takes away the ability to ever get pregnant again.
In cases, where the patient does suffer from endometrial cancer and there is a misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, or delayed diagnosis, the cancer continues to progress and spread without intervention, and may cross the point of curability, which can also be fatal.
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