Endometrial cancer, which affects the lining of the uterus, is the most common gynecological cancer. An awareness campaign is set to be launched by patient associations and doctors. Professor Lavoué from the Rennes University Hospital is one of the promoters of this campaign.

Each year, more than 8,000 women are diagnosed with endometrial cancer, resulting in the death of 1,500 patients, according to data from the National Cancer Institute (INCa). Despite these alarming statistics, the general public lacks awareness about this disease, as noted by Vincent Lavoué, a gynecologist and obstetrician at the Rennes University Hospital. This issue was highlighted during a press conference held at the Pari(s) Santé Femmes congress on June 13.

The average age of women affected by this cancer is 69 years old. It commonly occurs after menopause, a time when women tend to stop gynecological check-ups, leading to delayed diagnosis and treatment. Vincent Lavoué emphasizes the importance of regular visits to a gynecologist, even when women feel they no longer need to. Coralie Marjollet, president of the Imagyn association (Initiative of patients with gynecological cancers), also stresses the importance of consulting a gynecologist at the onset of postmenopausal bleeding.

Early detection is key in improving the prognosis of endometrial cancer. Vincent Lavoué explains that treatments are less invasive and more effective when the cancer is detected at an early stage. Factors such as overweight, aging, diabetes, family history of endometrial cancer, Lynch syndrome, and estrogen overexposure contribute to the risk of developing this cancer, as explained by Professor Martin Koskas from Bichat Hospital in Paris.

There is a stigma surrounding endometrial cancer due to its intimate nature, making it difficult for patients to discuss openly. Laure Guéroult Accolas, founder of the Mon réseau cancer gynéco, emphasizes the importance of breaking the silence and raising awareness about this disease. The awareness campaign will support September Turquoise, the month dedicated to raising awareness about gynecological cancers.

In conclusion, it is crucial for women to prioritize their gynecological health and seek medical attention promptly if they experience any symptoms. By promoting awareness and encouraging open discussions about endometrial cancer, we can improve early detection rates and ultimately save lives. Let us all join hands in spreading the word and supporting those affected by this disease.