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Endometrial cancer on the rise, especially among Black women

Endometrial cancer was long believed to be less common among Black women. But newer studies have confirmed that it is not only more likely to strike Black women but also more likely to be deadly.

Black women die of uterine (endometrial) cancer at twice the rate of white women, according to a new report. The gap is one of the largest racial disparities observed for any cancer. Black women are also more likely to develop a form called non-endometrioid uterine cancer, which is more aggressive.

Among all populations, uterine cancer is being detected more often in younger women who are still in their childbearing years as well as in women who don’t have any of the known risk factors, such as obesity, infertility and never having been pregnant, said Dr. Shannon Westin, a gynecologic oncologist at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

See “Uterine cancer is on the rise, especially among Black women” by Roni Caryn Rabon of the New York Times on the Seattle Times website (June 18, 2022)