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Uterine cancer is a common type of cancer in females that can raise many questions. Take our quiz and test yourself to how well you do on this subject.
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Question 1 of 5
Which of the following is not a risk factor for developing uterine cancer?
being over age 50
having high blood pressure
having multiple sexual partners
Major risk factors include: being overweight, being over the age of 50, having high blood pressure, having diabetes, taking estrogen replacement therapy, having a history of irregular periods and late onset of menopause.
Question 2 of 5
Structural causes of excessive menstrual bleeding, also called abnormal uterine bleeding, include:
polyps, scar tissue, infection
all of the above
Structural causes of abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB) include fibroids, polyps, scar tissue, infection and precancerous conditions. The condition may also be caused by hormone-related conditions, including menopause and thyroid and adrenal gland imbalance.
Question 3 of 5
During a dilation and curettage (D & C), the opening of the cervix is dilated to allow an instrument to be passed through the cervix and into the uterine cavity to:
remove any growths
stop abnormal bleeding
check for signs of cancer
all of the above
A D & C is a therapeutic procedure to remove any growths, alleviate abnormal uterine bleeding and check for signs of cancer. However, D & Cs stop abnormal bleeding only temporarily, usually for about three months, and then a woman typically resumes heavy periods.
Question 4 of 5
Total abdominal hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo oophorectomy involves:
removal of the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries through an incision in the abdomen
In addition to removal of the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries, lymph nodes in the pelvis may be taken out. The lymph nodes are small, bean-shaped structures that are found throughout the body. They produce and store infection-fighting cells, but may contain cancer cells.
removal of the fallopian tubes and the ovaries through the vagina
removal of the cervix and ovaries through an incision in the abdomen
removal of the uterus and part of the vagina through the vagina
Question 5 of 5
A radical hysterectomy differs from a total abdominal hysterectomy in that:
the lymph nodes are left intact
the parametrial (a portion of the uterus) and paravaginal supporting structures are removed
A total hysterectomy involves removal of the whole uterus and cervix.
the ovaries are left intact
part of the urethra is rerouted