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Endometrial adenocarcinoma, or uterine cancer, is the most common genital cancer in women over forty-five years of age in the United States. Approximately 36,000 new cases are diagnosed each year, and 6,300 women ultimately die of the disease. The lifetime incidence is approximately 22 per 100,000. In over 90 percent of the cases, the earliest symptom is abnormal or postmenopausal bleeding. Almost 70 percent of uterine cancers are diagnosed early (while being confined to the uterus), and therefore are more apt to be cured. Uterine
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Author Info: THOMAS J. RUTHERFORD, The Gale Group Inc., Macmillan Reference USA, New York, Gale Encyclopedia of Public Health, 2002This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to replace the care and information received from your healthcare provider. Please consult a healthcare professional with any health concerns you may have.
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