PCOS and Cancer: What You Need to Know

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PCOS and cancer isn’t the happiest topic to discuss.

In fact, it’s just a bummer.

It can seem like there’s just more to worry about every time you turn around when it comes to managing a PCOS diagnosis.

However, it’s vitally important to educate yourself on the real and potential risks PCOS can carry.

Like it or not, as PCOS sufferers we have some unique considerations to make for our health and well-being.

With that in mind, educating yourself and making informed decisions is an important step to take when it comes to PCOS and cancer.

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PCOS and Endometrial Cancer

Endometrial cancer sounds so scary. What does it even mean?

It is a type of cancer that develops in the lining of the uterus.

Having PCOS can greatly increase the concern of developing endometrial cancer due to the common symptom of irregular or missing periods.

Risk Factors

  • imbalanced hormones
  • estrogen dominance
  • early menstruation
  • experiencing less than one pregnancy
  • age
  • obesity
  • less frequent menstruation
  • genetics

Prevention

PCOS and Breast Cancer

There are many different kinds of breast cancer. While evidence is inconclusive for the relationship between PCOS and breast cancer, there are risk factors that are common for women with PCOS.

Risk Factors

  • early menstruation
  • experiencing less than one full-term pregnancy
  • age
  • genetics
  • late menopause
  • obesity
  • sedentary lifestyle
  • taking birth control
  • drinking alcohol
  • breast density

Prevention

  • having an active lifestyle
  • maintaining a healthy weight
  • being careful about alcohol consumption
  • choosing to breastfeed
  • not smoking
  • avoiding pollutants

PCOS and Ovarian Cancer

As a woman with PCOS you are probably aware that it carries an increased risk of ovarian cancer as well. Ovarian cancer can be aggressive but is highly treatable when caught early.

Risk Factors

  • PCOS
  • experiencing less than one pregnancy
  • early menstruation
  • late menopause
  • age
  • Ashkenazi Jewish heritage
  • being tall
  • endometriosis
  • genetics
  • fertility treatment
  • IUD
  • smoking
  • hormone therapy

Prevention

pcos and cancer

PCOS and cancer is an important thing to consider when managing your disease.

Choices you make regarding treatment and many lifestyle factors can greatly influence the likelihood of cancer developing. Your risk may be increased because of PCOS but knowing how to be proactive to prevent it is a gift you can give your future self.

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