GREEN BAY, Wis. The American Cancer Society estimates more than 61,000 women will be diagnosed with uterine cancer this year. Wisconsin is among the top twelve states based on number of cases.
Dr. Peter Johnson and nurse navigator Robin Elmer examine a patient's scan
Uterine cancer is the most common type of gynecologic cancer.
"I think women just need to be cognizant that this is out there," said Dr. Peter Johnson, Director of Gynecologic Oncology at Aurora BayCare Medical Center.
Uterine cancer is cancer of the womb and it can happen to women of all ages, though it's most common in post-menopausal women.
"Any woman that has post-menopausal bleeding needs to be evaluated for cancer, because any post-menopausal bleeding, vaginal bleeding is cancer until proven otherwise," said Dr. Johnson.
Other symptoms can include a feeling of fullness, abdomen pain, spotting or bleeding or frequent urination.
Obese or morbidly obese women are more prone to uterine cancer.
If found early, doctors say, the cancer can be reversed with hormonal therapy or cured through a robotic-assisted surgery offered at Aurora BayCare.
Dr. Johnson calls it a medical miracle.
"We use a $2 million instrument here, and it has changed the hospital stay from four to five or more days to one where women are sleeping in their own bed the night of the surgery with the same results," added Dr. Johnson.
"There are some patients that can be basically cured with surgery itself, so if it's a very low stage and grade outcome then the surgery completes that," said Robin Elmer, Nurse Navigator at Aurora BayCare.