Uterine Cancer Risk Factors

Risk factors for uterine cancer include:

  • Diabetes
  • The use of estrogen without progesterone
  • Use of tamoxifen
  • Late onset of menopause (after age 52). The vast majority of women diagnosed with endometrial cancer—about 75 percent—have already gone through menopause.
  • Obesity. This is one of the strongest risk factors. Women who are obese have higher levels of estrogen circulating, which increases their risk for endometrial cancer.
  • Hereditary mutations are responsible for a small percentage of uterine cancers. They are associated with a strong family hi