An invisible illness
Endometrial cancer and other conditions concern the lining of the uterus, called the endometrium. The endometrium is made up of several layers, including skin-like cells (surface epithelium), blood vessels, tissue spaces and glands. It is the most common cancer of the uterus.
Most endometrial cancers are adenocarcinomas (cancers that begin in the glandular cells, which make and release mucus and other fluids). But there are other types, varying in numerous ways, including the rate at which they grow and aggressiveness.
The diagnosis of endometrial cancer is also rapidly rising, so much so that some researchers are calling it a ‘tsunami’. Over the last 20 years its incidence has risen 22%. Lifestyle factors like obesity, in particular are known risk factors. Though by no means a cure all solution, taking steps to improve your lifestyle might mean a reduction of risk. For that reason we present some of our lovely warriors, some of them gynaecological cancer survivors while others simply passionate about improving awareness and health for women’s cancers.