Uterine Cancer and Receiving Social Security Disability BenefitsCancer originates in your cells. These are the building blocks of your body. Old cells die at the right time and are replaced by new cells when you need them if your body is working like it should. However, things do not always work right. Old cells do not die when they ought to, and new cells are produced even though you do not need them. These excess cells may form a mass (tumor). These tumors can be either malignant or benign. Malignant ones are cancer. Benign ones are not. Cancer is far more than one single disease. It is a huge group of diseases. Cancer is evidenced by cells that are invasive (they invade and destroy adjacent tissue), aggressive (they grow and divide without respect to normal limits) and sometimes metastatic (they spread to other parts of the body). Uterine cancer is one of the many kinds of cancer. Uterine cancer starts in the cells of your endometrium. This is what lines your uterus. Your uterus is the hollow, pear-shaped pelvic organ where your unborn baby is formed. However, there are other cells in your uterus that can become cancerous. Myometrial or muscle cells are examples of cells that can become cancerous. They may form cancers that are known as sarcomas. It should be obvious by now that uterine cancer is a type of cancer that only women can have. Each year, close to 40,000 new cases of uterine cancer are diagnosed in American women. This makes uterine cancer one of the most common cancers that affect women in the United States. The exact cause of uterine cancer is not known. Researchers believe that the hormone estrogen plays some kind of role in causing this disease. Uterine cancer often starts in women who have passed through menopause. The first sign or symptom of this disease may be abnormal bleeding from your vagina. Other possible signs and symptoms that may be an indication of uterine cancer include:
- Pain during intercourse
- Abnormal menstrual periods
- Pelvic cramping or lower abdominal pain
- Abnormal uterine bleeding
- Clear or thin white vaginal discharge after menopause
- Unintentional weight loss
- Extremely heavy, frequent or long episodes of vaginal bleeding after age 40.