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princepack
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Everything I have found on papillary serous carsinoma is in women over the age of 50. I'm not even 43 yet and I've just been diagnosed. Haven't even had the hysterectomy yet - scheduled for December 29, 2009. Is there anyone else here as young as me? Or, am I the baby of the group?

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california_artist
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Did you ever take tamoxifen???

shortmarge
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I was 48, pre-menopausal... Deanna I believe was 39.

Glad you found us but sorry you going through all of this too.

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Cecile Louise
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I was 46 at diagnosis. I'm sorry you have to be here, but glad you've found us!

Hugs,
Cecile

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culka
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I was 43 and had UPSC till surgery. It disappeared. You should be lucky too.

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princepack
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What were your signs/symptoms before surgery that made you go to the doctor?

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princepack
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Nope, never have taken any drugs like that.

threegirlsandme
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I was diagnosed in May 2009 at the age of 46. I have 3 girls, all by c-section. I remember my sisters ob/gyn warning her after her 4th c-section that her risk of uterine/ovarian/cervical cancer would be tremendously higher due too the absence of vaginal birth(s). Statistically, he stated that women who do not have at least one pregnacy and/or vaginal birth are at a much, much higher risk of developing such cancer later in life. Maybe there is something to this...where do most of us fall in this poll?

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princepack
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I had 3 full term normal vaginal births! I don't think anyone has any idea what causes this. I would like to know who was diagnosed the LONGEST ago. What is the prognosis? What about all of this recurrance stuff? Sounds like after a recurrance it is pretty much hopeless. Is that true?

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Kaleena
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Hmmmm. Really interesting. I had three c-sections (3 boys). Although I had my first child at age 30, 32 and 34 for the other two, I ended up with severe endometriosis. Started having painful symptoms from 2004 (age 44) then after undergoing a hysterectomy for endometriosis in Sept of 2005 it was found that I had endo cancer. (second surgery revealed NED)

Did not know about the higher risk with having c-sections.

shortmarge
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The strangest tiredness would hit me, it felt like somebody stuck a needle in my arm and sucked out all the energy I had. Also I was having my periods every 14 to 20 days apart and sever pain on my right side and lots of clots.

I had four vaginal births, three natural, no drugs!!!!

My oncologist told me see felt this cancer was due more to environment.

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Gunhild
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I'm not one of the young ones. I had seven pregnancies. Only one ended up with a C-section. That baby was a transverse lie and wouldn't budge.

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california_artist
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I was 60 at diagnosis and have had four children without c-section, first period at 9, menopause at 50, no hot flashes ever.

While endometrial/uterine cancer normally occurs in any age, UPSC stats say mostly over 65,'wonder why the age seems to be getting younger and is this cancer becoming more common. Prior to the mid eighies many cases were missed as they had thought this was a form of ovarian cancer.

And a Merry Christmas to you all, shows how much I'm into Christmas this year, sorta like last. Maybe next year the holidays will peak my interest. Did get something for my granddaugher though. She is a real delight.

hohohohohohohohohohohohohoh

Looking like we'll have a new health care bill after the first of the year. Wish they had kept a public option even if only to keep the insurance companies in line. Heard that health insurance stock is soaring on the news. This unfortunately does not bode well.

Probably shouldn't get too political here, as it could taint your opinion of me.

Now that statement actually made me laugh outloud, could I get any more opinionated. Seriously!!!

Love and very, warm quishy holiday thoughts,

claudia

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TiggersDoBounce
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I was 49 at diagnosis...

No pregnancies, but I did 5 years work of Fertility meds....

I do not have the serous type, I have the other...

Laurie

p.s. hang in and good luck with the upcoming surgery

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susie1143
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I'm 48 and was diagnosed this past June. It surprised me to see about the C-sections especially since I have 2 sons both by C-sections. The other factors for me is cancer runs heavy on both sides of my family and I was diagnosed with PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome). The PCOS is basically a hormone problem and only 5% of women have it. Lucky me....

deanna14
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I turned 39 last June and was diagnosed with UPSC in September... I had low back pain, pelvic pain, pressure in my rectum. Frequent long painful periods with lots of clots and spotting between periods. I started my period at 10 and had no pregnancies and overweight, all risk factors!

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Kate2005
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I was 28 when diagnosed and had my hysterectomy. Thankfully they caught it early, but I have had no children. I was also diagnosed with PCOS when they biopsied my uterus. I had been spotting for 6 months and had never had a real period. My gyn told me that I was the poster child for why it is important to go to the gyn and take birth control to keep regular.

npl8261
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Joined: Jun 2009

I got diagnosed in Feb.09 with Adenocarcinoma Endometrial Cancer, Stage IIIC at age 43. My Boston Obgyn had me go through Genetic Testing and I ended up testing positive for a gene that increases your chances dramatically of certain cancers like Uterine and Colon. There is also a small cluster of other cancers associated with the gene. It is often referred to as the Lynch Syndrome. One of the first things this doctor said to me while going over the pathology report was that I was too young to have this and should not have gotten this cancer.
I am grateful to him and his great knowledge because now I am watched for the other cancers.

I hope this helps you.

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TiggersDoBounce
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npl,

I am being treated in Boston as well....are you going thru the Brigham/Dana Farber?

Laurie

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