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What is Endometrial Cancer, Cherie Gil's Cause of Death?

What are the signs and symptoms?
by Erwin Colcol
Aug 7, 2022
Photo/s: Cherie Gil/Facebook

Actress Cherie Gil died after battling endometrial cancer, her family said on Sunday.

The 59-year-old actress was diagnosed with the disease in October last year after she relocated to New York City, where she also underwent treatment, her son Jay said in an Instagram post.

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"It was her request that her diagnosis be kept private, and as a family we supported her in this decision. Cherie fought bravely against her illness, with grace and strength," Jay said.

"Despite her struggles she always managed to exude courage and never lost her trademark sass, wit, and infectious humor, or her larger-than-life personality. She spent her last days surrounded by family and loved ones," he added.

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Endometrial cancer is the most common cancer of the female reproductive system in the U.S., and affects the endometrium, or the lining of the uterus, according to the American Cancer Society.

This form of cancer mainly affects post-menopausal women. The average age of women diagnosed with endometrial cancer is 60 years old, and it is uncommon among women aged 45 and below, it added.

What are the symptoms of endometrial cancer?

Endometrial cancer can be detected at an early stage due to frequent abnormal vaginal bleeding, according to Mayo Clinic.

Other symptoms of endometrial cancer may include vaginal bleeding after menopause, bleeding between periods, and pelvic pain.

What are the risk factors?

According to Mayo Clinic, the following are factors that may increase a woman's risk of having endometrial cancer:

  • Changes in the balance of female hormones in the body
  • More years of menstruation
  • Never having been pregnant
  • Older age
  • Obesity
  • Hormone therapy for breast cancer
  • An inherited colon cancer syndrome
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Can endometrial cancer be treated?

Endometrial cancer is commonly treated by surgically removing the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries, Mayo Clinic said.

Other possible treatments include:

  • Radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Hormone therapy
  • Targeted drug therapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Supportive or palliative care

Gil's family is asking those who have been with the actress to send any photos, memories, messages or regards to [email protected] to help them celebrate her life, work, and legacy.

"While we are deeply saddened by our loss and still mourning her passing, we are incredibly moved by the outpouring of love and support for her and our family; evidence of just how many lives Cherie touched," Jay said.


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