Women’s Cancer Series – Uterine Cancer (Womb Cancer)

Womb Cancer/Uterine Cancer

Womb Cancer

What is the uterus?

The uterus is also known as the womb. The lining of the uterus is known as the endometrium.

The endometrium thickens every month in response to a woman’s hormonal changes, and sheds at the end of every month, resulting in a monthly menstruation.

The womb is the main organ in child bearing, and is responsible for carrying a baby to full term.

What is uterine/womb cancer?

Uterine/womb cancer is uncontrolled or abnormal growth of the cells of the endometrium.

Uterine/womb cancer is the 4th commonest female cancer in Singapore, and usually occurs in post menopausal women.

Uterine cancer is also known as endometrial cancer.

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What causes uterine cancer?

The following factors increase your chances of having uterine/endometrial cancer:

1. Increased age

2. Menstrual history – Early onset of mensus <12 years old, late menopause > 55 years old, or irregular and infrequent menstruation (less than 4 periods a year)

3. Childbearing – No prior childbirth

4. Family History – Positive family history of uterine/endometrial cancer

5. Medical History – Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), Diabetes, Obesity, previous history of breast or ovarian cancer, or previous Intrauterine Device (IUD) use

How do I know if I have uterine cancer?

The usual symptom for uterine/womb cancer is abnormal vaginal bleeding – this can present as bleeding after menopause, bleeding in between periods, bleeding after sex, or excessively heavy menstrual periods (menorrhagia).

Other common symptoms of uterine/womb cancer include abnormal vaginal discharge, pelvic pain and pain during sex (dyspareunia).

Do I need to screen for it?

There are no recommendations for screening of uterine cancer.

However, if you have any of the symptoms suggestive of uterine cancer, the best way to evaluate it is to have a pelvic ultrasound performed by your doctor.

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1.) Dr Tan and Partners @Bencoolen

Main Doctor: Dr Michelle Chia

180 Bencoolen Street,
#02-20, The Bencoolen
Singapore 189646

Telephone:  +65 6884 4119

Operating Hours:
Monday, Wednesday & Thursday
9.00am – 5.00pm

Tuesday & Friday
9.00am – 8.00pm

9.00 am – 1.00 pm

Sunday and Public Holiday – Closed

2.) Dr Tan and Partners@ Robertson

Main Doctors: Dr Grace Huang

(Anonymous HIV Testing is available daily too)

11 Unity Street,
#02-06/07, Robertson Walk
Singapore 237995

Telephone:  +65 6238 7810

Operating Hours:
Monday – Friday
8.00am – 9.00pm

9.00 am – 9.00 pm

9.00 am – 2.00 pm

Public Holiday – Closed

3) Dr Tan and Partners @Raffles Place

Main Doctor: Dr. Elaine Loh

20 Cecil Street, #02-01 PLUS
Singapore 049705

Telephone:  +65 6962 7144

Operating Hours:
8.00am – 6.00pm

Tuesday to Friday
8.00am – 5.00pm

9.00 am – 1.00 pm

Sunday and Public Holiday – Closed

4) Dr Tan and Partners @Holland V

Main Doctor: Dr. Elaine Loh

15B Lorong Liput
(Next to Holland Piazza)
Singapore 277730)

Telephone: +65 6235 1339

Operating Hours:
Monday – Friday
8.00am – 8.00pm

Saturday – Sunday
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Public Holiday – Closed

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