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.

womb cancer uterus

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 child birth

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.


Need a Female Doctors?

Our Clinics:

1.) Dr Tan and Partners @Bencoolen

Main Doctor: Dr Benjamin Loh

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

Telephone:  +65 6884 4119

Operating Hours:
Monday – Friday
9.00am – 5.00pm

9.00 am – 1.00 pm

Selected Public Holiday – Closed


2.) Dr Tan and Partners@ Robertson

Main Doctors: Dr Deepa and Dr Jonathan Ti

(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

Saturday and Sunday
9.00 am – 2.00 pm

Public Holiday – Closed


3.) Dr Tan and Partners @Scotts

Main Doctors: Dr. Elaine Loh

9 Scotts Road,
#06-06 Scotts Medical Centre,
Singapore 228210

Telephone:  +65 6694 2348

Operating Hours:
Monday – Friday
9.00am – 5.00pm

8.00 am – 1.00 pm

Sunday & Public Holiday – Closed



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Women’s Cancer Series – Breast Cancer  


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


Women’s Cancer Series – Cervical Cancer



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