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Uterine Cancer Facts

The uterus, also called the womb, is the female organ where a fetus develops into a baby, and is also the organ that sheds its lining each month during menstruation. The uterus is made up of different tissue types that can give rise to different kinds of uterine cancer.

Cancer of the uterus spreads through the bloodstream or lymphatic system.

Hyperplasia is an increase in the number of normal cells lining the uterus. Although it is not cancer, it may develop into cancer in some women. The most common symptoms are heavy menstrual periods, bleeding between periods, and bleeding after menopause.

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