DD, Aged 17

    When people would talk they didn't know what to say which was understandable.  more...


    Mimi - 15 years old

    I lost myself doing stupid things, angry and sad and depressed at everything. I ended up failing my classes, not caring about school, and getting into fights.  more...


    Chelsea - 14 years old

    I stuck my head round the door in the room mum was in, and she looked really ill. I couldn't understand what was happening - one minute my mum was fine and the next she was ill.  more...


    Clair - aged 14

    Something I wish is I could just have one more day with my dad! - to tell him how much I love him and how sorry I am for all the bad things I have said and done to him!  more...


    Nicole - 17 years old

    This time the doctors are unable to operate. He has already had 6 sessions of chemo and is having another 6 sessions. I cannot help feeling I may lose him.  more...


    Rirrif - 15 years old

    I have been staying with my dad because my mom doesn't want me around when she is sick, which is all the time. My dad works at night so I spend a lot of time alone since I'm not with my mom. I'm afraid she is going to die and I'll blame myself for not being there more. more...


    HT - 13 years old

    She has been so strong about this and is keen to put it all behind her.  more...

Womb/Uterine/Endometrial cancers

The womb (also called uterus) sits at the top of a woman's vagina. It is the organ in women´s bodies where babies grow before they are born. Inside the womb, there is a lining called endometrium. This lining thickens every month in fertile women as a way of getting ready just in case a woman´s egg is fertilised by sperm, i.e., the woman becomes pregnant. If the woman does not get pregnant, the lining that has thickened will be shed out through the vagina in the monthly period, or menstruation. This whole process is controlled by female sex hormones called oestrogen and progesterone, which are produced in women´s ovaries. As with most cancers, we don´t know the exact cause of womb cancer but there are a number of risk factors that are known to increase a woman´s chance of developing the disease. Some of these have to do with age, being overweight, not having had children, family history and factors to do with women´s menstrual cycle. The most common type of cancer in the womb is called endometrial cancer because it starts in the lining called endometrium. However, there are various other types too and different types of treatments and you may want to find out more.

To help you find answers to some of your questions, we have linked to Maggie’s CancerLinks where you will be signposted to high quality information about Womb/Uterine/Endometrial cancers. The information on these websites is not written specifically for young people but it is written using simple language in a way that most people will be able to understand. Don’t worry if there are lots of links to different websites. Have a look on the description of the links and very often you will find the information you are searching for on the first website that you look at. If you just want general information about cancer you could read the ‘About cancer’ section on riprap.

Remember that the information on these sites is general. Within each cancer type, there are different variations, different stages, different treatments and people may also respond differently to the same treatments. Each person is an individual and because of this, generic information may not fit the situation you are thinking of. Often your parents or someone else who knows the details can answer your questions best. Also, please feel free to get in touch with us here at riprap. We can help you sorting through information or discuss things you’ve heard or read or anything at all that’s on your mind.

Don’t forget that there are lots of effective treatments for cancer these days and many cancers can be completely cured. There are also very good treatments to control cancers that cannot be cured and research is going on all the time to find new treatments that can control and cure cancers.

Page updated 13 July 2017