Endometrial cancer is a cancer of the womb, also known as the uterus where the fetus is developed. The uterus resembles the shape of a pear or a papaya and is located in the pelvic area. The wall of the uterus is made up of two linings: the inner lining, known as the endometrium, and an outer lining of muscle tissue, known as the myometrium. The endometrial cancer is formed within the cells of the endometrium.
90% of all uterine cancers occur in the endometrium, and this is the third most common cancer among women.
Medical professionals do not know what causes this cancer, but a lot of evidence points to having been exposed to too much estrogen. The ovaries produce two female hormones which are estrogen and progesterone, and when they are balanced, all is good. But when they are not balanced and too much estrogen is produced, the estrogen causes the endometrium to grow. And this puts one at a higher risk for developing endometrial cancer.
This cancer usually affects women after menopause, and is treatable if caught in its early stages. A pap smear test will not detect this type of cancer, so it is up to you to know whether you are at risk, and if so you need to watch for symptoms.
Who Is At Risk, And What Are The Risk Factors?
Women who receive Estrogen-only Replacement Therapy are 12 times more likely to develop endometrial cancer. This is a therapy usually given during or after menopause where estrogen is given without progesterone. Progesterone is needed to balance the estrogen, and when estrogen levels are too high it can cause endometrial cancer. Either way this treatment is not good, because even though both hormones are given it can lead to other health problems and even cause breast cancer.
Obese women are three times more at risk, and overweight women are two times more at risk for developing endometrial cancer. This is because fat tissues increase the production of estrogen.
A high fat diet of animal proteins and fried foods also puts women at a higher risk. First it causes obesity and second, the fat can directly affect the estrogen levels.
Tumors in the ovaries also increase the levels of estrogen.
Women who are diabetic are also at a higher risk to develop this cancer.
Women after menopause are 4 times more likely to develop endometrial cancer, and those ages 55 and older are at highest risk. The average age this cancer occurs is 60.
Those who have had breast or ovarian cancer in the past are also at a higher risk.
Those who have been treated with Tamoxifen; this is a drug used to treat breast cancer, and it has been known to make the inner lining of the uterus grow.
Women who do not ovulate on a regular basis are exposed to high amounts of estrogen for longer periods of time, thus increasing their risks.
Those who had their period at an early age (before the age of 12), and had a late menopause (after the age of 52) are at a greater risk.
Women who have never been pregnant.
Women who received pelvic radiation in the past.
Endometrial polyps or other growths of the endometrium.
High blood pressure, hypertension and gallbladder disease.
Signs and Symptoms
Most symptoms will occur at an early enough stage to allow ample time for effective treatment. Some of the symptoms associated with Endometrial cancer are:
Bleeding or spotting beginning at 12 months after menopause (this is usually the first sign).
Bleeding between periods in pre-menopausal women.
Bleeding after intercourse.
Pelvic pain, (although it is rare.)
Pain during intercourse.
Conventional treatment options are to have the uterus surgically removed. One can have a partial hysterectomy, which is where only the uterus is removed, or a total hysterectomy, which is where the ovaries and tubes are all removed.
Radiation and Chemotherapy are also used in conventional treatment.
There are many natural treatments available which have helped many people to recover from endometrial cancer naturally. Botanical, (which is also known as phytotherapy or herbalism), and Chinese medicines are often used. Both have proven to be very effective in building up the immune system and healing the cancer.
There are also a lot of home remedies which are also effective when it comes to treating endometrial cancer.
Pecans are a good source of vitamin E and also have anti-cancer fighting agents which help to reduce the cancer. Simply add a good handful of these nuts to your daily diet.
Foods rich in beta-carotene help to reduce the symptoms of endometrial cancer by helping to get rid of free radicals in the body. Foods rich in beta-carotene are carrots, spinach, apricots, parsley, oranges, grapefruit, tomatoes, and sweet potatoes.
Some evidence suggests that by taking 2 tsp of flaxseed oil every day, one can eliminate the symptoms of endometrial cancer in as little as six months.
Antioxidant-rich foods, such as grape seeds, can help to neutralize the harmful free radicals and fight against cancer.
Wolf-berry berries also help to reduce the symptoms, simply by adding them into your diet.
Other home remedies to help reduce the symptoms are brazil nuts, milk thistle, Cat’s claw, Neem flowers or Neem leaves, turnip, Indian mulberry, hazelnut kernel extracts, spearmint and saffron.
A change in ones diet is also a must in order to be healed naturally. All animal fats including meat, dairy, and poultry, processed foods, refined sugars, baked goods and most cooked foods should be eliminated from the diet.
Fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, nuts and seeds should be consumed in order to clean and detoxify the body from the inside out. Freshly squeezed juices are also recommended to help detoxify. By detoxifying the body, the immune system will be strengthened so that the body has the ability to fight the cancer.
In conclusion, if these foods can heal the body after the cancer has begun to grow, then surely, eating them on a regular basis and avoiding animal fats and processed foods, we can prevent endometrial cancer from appearing in the first place.