When Sonia Thornton was 38, her periods gradually began getting heavier. Sonia, a teacher in Philadelphia, saw one doctor who didn't seem worried. After all, the average age of a woman with endometrial cancer, the most common type of uterine cancer, is 60.
Just to be sure, a second doctor Sonia saw opted to do a biopsy. That’s when she got the news: Sonia did, in fact, have endometrial cancer. "I was shocked to hear it," she told HealthCentral in a telephone interview.