Intercepting endometrial cancer: Opportunities to expand access using new technology

Christopher C. DeStephano, Jamie N. Bakkum-Gamez, Andrew M. Kaunitz, Jennifer L. Ridgeway, Mark E. Sherman

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Abstract

Although endometrial cancer is often diagnosed at an early curable stage, the incidence and mortality from endometrial cancer is rising and minority women are particularly at risk. We hypothesize that delays in clinical presentation contribute to racial disparities in endometrial cancer mortality and treatment-related morbidity. Improved methods for endometrial cancer risk assessment and distinguishing abnormal uterine bleeding and postmenopausal bleeding from physiologic variation are needed. Accordingly, we propose a multipronged strategy that combines innovative patient education with novel early detection strategies to reduce health impacts of endometrial cancer and its precursors, especially among Black women. Futuristic approaches using gamification, smartphone apps, artificial intelligence, and health promotion outside of the physical clinic hold promise in preventing endometrial cancer and reducing morbidity and mortality related to the disease, but they also raise a number of questions that will need to be addressed by future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)563-568
Number of pages6
JournalCancer Prevention Research
Volume13
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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