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Endometrial Cancer Screening Exams

At this time, endometrial cancer (uterine cancer) screening is recommended only for women at increased risk. That’s because they have a higher chance of getting the disease.

Being at increased risk doesn’t mean you’ll definitely get endometrial cancer. But, you may need to start regular screening exams. So if you do get cancer, your doctor finds it at its earliest stage. When found early, the chances for successfully treating the disease are greatest.

Along with regular exams, practice awareness. This means you should be familiar with your body. That way you’ll notice changes, like irregular bleeding or discharge. Then, report them to your doctor without delay.

You’re at increased risk if you’ve been diagnosed with or have a family history of Lynch Syndrome (Hereditary Nonpolyposis Colorectal Cancer). If so, you should follow the screening schedule below.

  • Transvaginal ultrasound every year
  • Endometrial biopsy every year

Check with your insurance provider before scheduling an exam. Not all insurance providers cover the cost of these exams.

Still unsure if endometrial cancer screening is right for you? Print and share MD Anderson’s endometrial cancer screening chart with your doctor.

Exams for women who’ve had endometrial cancer

If you’ve had endometrial cancer, you need a different plan to check for recurrence.

Print and share MD Anderson’s survivorship chart with your doctor. Your doctor can use this chart to develop a more tailored plan for you.

The screening plans on this page apply to women expected to live for at least 10 years. They’re not for women who have a health condition that may make it hard to diagnose or treat endometrial cancer. Your doctor can help you decide if you should continue screening after age 75.

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For Physicians

Use our flowchart to determine cancer screening recommendations for patients. 

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