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Endometrial Cancer Prevention (PDQ®)

Who Is at Risk?

Endometrial cancer is a disease that primarily affects postmenopausal women at an average age of 60 years at diagnosis. Risk factors include postmenopausal estrogen therapy, endometrial hyperplasia, obesity, reproductive factors like nulliparity, early menarche and late menopause, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and tamoxifen use. Women with hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer syndrome have a markedly increased risk of endometrial cancer compared with women in the general population. Women with a family history of endometrial cancer in a first-degree relative are also at increased risk.

  • Updated: January 30, 2015