Fran Drescher
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Biography:
Fran Drescher was born in Flushing, Queens, New York on September 30, 1957 into the family of Mort and Sylvia Drescher. She grew up with a Russian-Jewish and Italian heritage. In 1973 she entered the Miss Teen New York beauty pageant to promote herself for she was known as the pretty and popular girl in high school. Soon after, her career took off with a role in Saturday Night Fever. She became known for her nasal voice and strong accent. Her friend Twiggy pitched the idea of her starting her own TV show and she just so happened to know the president in charge of CBS. In no time she had her own show, The Nanny, which aired from 1993 to 1999. She was nominated for 2 Golden Globe for her performance in the show while she simultaneously starred in numerous movies. She also wrote an autobiography, Enter Whining, and wrote her second book when she was diagnosed with uterine cancer, entitled Cancer Schmancer. Fortunately the doctors were able to catch the cancer in its early stage and remove it through surgery.


Here is a quick clip of the "nanny rap" in her show, The Nanny.
The Nanny Rap


Causes and Symptoms:
Uterine cancer is a genetic mutation that turns normal, healthy cells into abnormal cells. The healthy cells grow and multiply at a set rate, eventually dying at a set time. Abnormal cells differ because they grow and multiply out of control, and they don't die at a set time. The accumulating abnormal cells form a tumor. Cancer cells invade nearby tissues and can metastasize. The symptoms of Uterine cancer include; vaginal bleeding after menopause, prolonged periods or bleeding between periods, abnormal, watery or blood-tinged discharge from your vagina, pelvic pain, loss of appetite, fatigue, back or leg pain, and pain during intercourse.

Treatments:
Uterine cancer can be treated with either surgery or metronomic chemotherapy. Surgery removes any cancerous tumors in the uterus if practicable in order to prevent further spreading. Metronomic chemotherapy requires multiple small doses of chemo drugs over a large span of days. This exposes the cancerous cells to the drugs while simultaneously attempting to prevent any un-pleasurable side effects.

Epidemiology:
Studies have shown that 75% of endometrial cancers occur in postmenopausal women. There is a mean age of diagnosis at 61 years of age. Low-grade uterine cancer has been associated with obesity, nulliparity, and other causes. Younger women are at higher risk for a synchronous primary ovarian cancer with a rate of 19-25%. Uterine cancer is usually diagnosed in an early stage. The one-year survival rate is about 92%. The 5-year survival rate for uterine cancer that has not spread is 95%. The 5-year survival rate for uterine cancer that has spread to other organs is 23%. Uterine sarcoma is usually more common in African American women.Women affected have a 40-60% risk of endometrial cancer by age 70. The women who have uterine cancer are also at risk for cancer of the ovary, stomach, small bowel, hepatobiliary system, pancreas, brain, breast, and ureter or kidney. Uterine cancer is higher among Caucasians however blacks are more likely to result in death.

Conclusion:
Uterine cancer is mainly hereditary so chances are someone in Fran Drescher’s family had uterine cancer or she may simply of had a mutation. Other known causes include age (being over 50 years old), never being pregnant, being a white women, and having had an early menstruation (before age 12). These are also very likely possibilities as to how Fran Drescher may have been affected with Uterine Cancer. Fran Drescher was in Stage 1 when her cancer was found. Due to the fact that it was found during Stage 1 she did not need any post-operative treatments and her cancer was cured using radical hysterectomy. After Fran Drescher was cancer free she founded the Cancer Schmancer Movement. This is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that women’s cancer is found while in Stage 1 so it is most curable.

Hope:
According to Cancer.gov, “it is estimated that 43,470 woman will be diagnosed with and 7,950 woman will die of cancer of the corpus and uterus… in 2010.”

There is a 5 year survival rate, once past that point 85% of surveyed uterine cancer patients were still alive.

Incidence Rates by Race

Race/Ethnicity
Female
All Races
23.9 per 100,000 women
White
24.8 per 100,000 women
Black
20.9 per 100,000 women
Asian/Pacific Islander
18.2 per 100,000 women
American Indian/Alaska Native a
16.7 per 100,000 women
Hispanic b
15.9 per 100,000 women

Works Cited:

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Wright, Kathleen. "Uterine Cancer Information on Healthline." Medical Information for Healthy Living | Healthline. Web. 28 Apr. 2011. <http://www.healthline.com/galecontent/uterine-cancer-1/2>.