Get the facts: Endometriosis

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.

Heather improving her health by stepping along the bondi to cogee walk.
Heather improving her health by stepping along the bondi to cogee walk.
Wanda has been clocking up steps around the UK.
Wanda has been clocking up steps around the UK.
Mother and Daughter bonding time in Dee Why for Camilla and Sachie.
Mother and Daughter bonding time in Dee Why for Camilla and Sachie.
Charmayne is stepping through New Zealand.
Charmayne is stepping through New Zealand.
Cathy is training for a half-marathon.
Cathy is training for a half-marathon.
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One thought on “Get the facts: Endometriosis

  1. I absolutely love this page! Honestly, I am not well informed about many of the cancer types that are common to women. Maybe it’s because I just don’t expose myself to the topic a lot, or just I’ve never really been exposed to a patient that had these types of cancers before. Your description made it really easy for me to understand what this sickness entails and the relevant symptoms.

    I really liked how you posted a lot of photos of how people are choosing to combat their sickness with a smile. A smile does wonders I tell you – for both the person smiling and people that see it.

    I would love to see some links to what a woman should do e.g. go for regular check-ups? how many times a year? how do I get myself checked out? where?

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