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Hormone balance plays a part in the development of most endometrial cancers.
This cancer is more likely in women who have taken estrogen therapy without progesterone, are obese, have never been pregnant, have never taken oral contraceptives, have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), or have a family history of Lynch syndrome (also called hereditary non-polyposis colon cancer or HNPCC).
Talk with a health care provider about your breast cancer risk and the best screening plan for you.
If you’re at high risk of colon cancer based on family history or other factors you may need to start testing at a younger age.
Women should also be familiar with how their breasts normally look and feel and report any changes to a health care provider right away.
Some women at high risk for breast cancer – because of their family history, a genetic tendency, or certain other factors – should be screened with MRIs along with mammograms.
A woman whose mother, sister, or daughter has or had breast cancer is at higher risk.
Being overweight, especially after menopause, or drinking alcohol may add to the risk.