Study: An IUD May Treat Endometrial Cancer and Preserve Fertility in Young Women


September 30, 2010

Time

A new study finds that intrauterine devices (IUD), which are traditionally used as contraceptives, could help treat early stage endometrial cancer in women who wish to preserve their fertility...

The study results, while encouraging, still need confirmation. If they bear out, the IUD treatment may someday help the minority of younger patients who develop endometrial cancer. It occurs mostly in postmenopausal women, but about 5% to 10% of patients are under age 40 and may still wish to have children, according to the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania. About 40,000 new cases of endometrial cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. each year... Read More