Endometrial cancer affecting more local women
Endometrial cancer has taken the place of cervical cancer as the most common female cancer in the city, according to data released by Shanghai Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
In addition to the rise of incidence, doctors said an increasing number of young women suffer from the disease. Among the patients, about 7 percent are between 20 and 44 years old, doctors from the Gynecology and Obstetrics Hospital of Fudan University said on Wednesday.
“The previous treatment was to remove the entire womb. Today we pay more attention to patients’ requests to keep their womb and have children after stabilizing their disease,” said Dr Chen Xiaojun from the hospital which offers multidisciplinary treatment for endometrial disease. “We offer individualized diagnosis and treatment to each patient and evaluate their individual risks and possibility to remain fertile.”
Xu Ruirui, who had endometrial and ovarian cancer, delivered a son on February 3, expressed her gratitude to doctors and the hospital.
“I was diagnosed with endometrial cancer in 2016 at the age of 29. After the cancer was under control, I had ovarian cancer. I was so depressed and thought I may die, let alone have my own baby,” she said. “I was treated in Dr Chen Xiaojun’s team and had the courage to dream of having my own child. My dream came true and follow-up checks confirmed that my condition is very stable.”
Endometrial cancer is a treatable and controllable disease. Obesity and diabetes caused by unhealthy life style are risk factors. Healthy lifestyle, regular screening and high awareness are important for prevention and control.