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Uterine & Endometrial Cancer Pathfinder

According to the Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer, uterine cancer, also called endometrial cancer, is the most common gynecologic cancer. Endometrial cancer develops when the cells that make up the inner lining of the uterus (the endometrium) become abnormal and grow uncontrollably. Endometrial cancer primarily affects postmenopausal women; however, 25 percent of cases occur in premenopausal women. There are two types of endometrial cancer: estrogen-dependent and non-estrogen-dependent.

Internet Resources Books Journal Articles Support

Internet Resources Endometrial Cancer
Provides access to authoritative documents from the National Cancer Institute, including information about treatment, supportive care and clinical trials.
MedlinePlus: Uterine Cancer
Developed at the National Library of Medicine specifically for health care consumers, this site is a portal for both government-sponsored and privately developed health information targeting the lay public. This site features a large array of information about Uterine Cancer and how to manage it.


Everyone's Guide to Cancer Therapy: How Cancer is Diagnosed, Treated and Managed Day to Day. Dollinger M. 2002.
Gynecologic Cancer. Eifel P. 2006
Gynecologic Cancers: Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer. Longe J, ed. 2006. Available in print at the Health Learning Center or electronically at

Journal Articles

"Basal Cell Carcinoma: A Skin Cancer with a High Cure Rate". Mayo Clinic Health Letter. 23(7):7. July 2005.
"Here Comes the Sun, So Watch Out! You Probably Need to Use More Sunscreen--and Other Tips About Sun Protection You May Not Know". 28(8):1-2. Harvard Health Letter. June 2003.
"I Have Skin Cancer". Johns Hopkins Medical Letter, Health After 50. 19(6):8. August 2007.
"Mayo Clinic Office Visit: Melanoma". Mayo Clinic Women's Healthsource. 10(6):7-8. June 2006.
"Women's Study Finds Vitamin E, Aspirin Not So Helpful". Anonymous. 2005. Harvard Women's Health Watch 13(1):6.
"Recognizing and Treating Basal Cell Carcinoma". Harvard Women's Health Watch. 13(9):4-5. May 2006.
"Screening for Cancer: Colon, Lung, and Skin Cancers. Harvard Men's Health Watch". 10(3):1-5. October 2005.
"Skin Cancer Epidemic: Take Steps to Avoid Sun Damage. Mayo Clinic Health Letter". 24(4):1-3. April 2006.
"Skin Cancer: With Summer Coming, It's a Timely Topic. 23:3". Child Health Alert. May 2005.
"Skinny on Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer". Johns Hopkins Medical Letter, Health After 50. 18(5):4-5. July 2006.


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