Donate to Uterine Cancer Research, Patient Care and Education

Uterine cancer is the most common form of cancer in a woman’s reproductive system and occurs when cells in the uterus grow uncontrollably and form masses called tumors. When this mass of cells is cancerous, it may spread cancer to other parts of the body.  When you donate to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will ensure the early detection and effective treatment of this type of cancer before it has an opportunity to spread to other parts of the body.

The uterus, or womb, is located between the bladder and the rectum and is where a fetus grows during pregnancy.  It is comprised of the three parts: the narrow, lower section called the cervix, the broad, middle section, known as the corpus, and the dome-shaped upper section called the fundus. The two main types of uterine cancer are endometrial cancer and sarcoma. Endometrial cancer is a condition that affects the endometrium, or the lining of the uterus. Endometrial cancer is by far the most common type of uterine cancer and represents 95% of all cases diagnosed. It affects mostly postmenopausal women and is rare in women under 45 years of age. Sarcoma affects the supporting muscle tissues of the uterus and only makes up 2 to 4% of all uterine cancer diagnoses. Regardless of which type, when you donate to Northwestern Memorial Foundation you will provide scientists the proper funding to learn more about and find ways to effectively treat uterine cancer.

Uterine cancer is difficult to diagnose, as it often does not cause advanced signs and symptoms.  Therefore, it is imperative for women to receive regular pelvic exams in order to detect uterine or cervical cancers early and increase the chance of successful treatment. Your donations to Northwestern Memorial Foundation will help support research that can improve the understanding of uterine cancers and can help diagnose these conditions more quickly and reliably.

The most common symptom of uterine cancers is abnormal vaginal bleeding, such as bleeding when not on one’s period, or watery, blood-streaked flow that contains more blood over time. After menopause, any vaginal bleeding is abnormal and requires medical attention. Other symptoms may include difficult or painful urination, pain during sexual activity, or pain in the pelvic area. These symptoms can be emblematic of other conditions, but if they persist or become more severe, an individual should seek medical attention.  Having regular annual pelvic exams remains the best way to manage female health. When you contribute to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will help ensure the accessibility of these crucial exams for female patients.

Although the cause of uterine cancers is unknown, there are several risk factors that have been identified in what may increase a woman’s risk. Obesity is a leading risk factor, and others include advancing age, history of endometrial hyperplasia, estrogen therapy, diabetes, history of breast cancer or ovarian cancer, tamoxifen use, radiation therapy to the pelvic region, high fat diet, and history of polycystic ovary syndrome. African-American women are also at an increased risk of uterine cancer. Donations to Northwestern Medicine can go toward further research into the causes of uterine cancers and improve not only diagnosis and treatment but also prevention of uterine cancers.

Uterine Cancer Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

Northwestern Medicine offers leading-edge treatment options for uterine cancer and provides a multidisciplinary approach to diagnosing and treating the disease.  Physicians on staff create individualized treatment plans to meet the needs of each patient. Treatments may include various types of surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or hormone therapy.  Northwestern also provides patients the opportunity to participate in leading-edge clinical trials, allowing them access to the latest treatment possibilities for uterine cancer. Your generous support for Northwestern Memorial Foundation will allow our scientists and physicians on staff to continue providing the highest level of care and expand upon the services and resources that they already offer.  Your gift makes a difference in the lives of our patients and their families.

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