If you are concerned about the possibility of developing uterine cancer, one of the ways you can ease your mind is by know about and watching for, the symptoms associated with it.
The following are the most common symptoms of uterine cancer. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently.
Symptoms may include:
– Unusual vaginal bleeding or discharge.
– Difficult or painful urination.
– Pain during sexual intercourse.
– Pain in the pelvic area.
– A pelvic lump.
– Weight loss.
– Has never breast-fed.
As has been written in a previous article, uterine cancer does not occur before menopause. It usually occurs around the time menopause begins. The occasional reappearance of bleeding should not be considered simply part of menopause. It should always be checked by a physician.
The symptoms of uterine cancer may resemble other conditions or medical problems such as cervical cancer and dysfunctional uterine bleeding. Always talk to your doctor if these symptoms persist or worsen.
The main symptom to look for is abnormal vaginal bleeding, especially after menopause as it is the most common symptom of uterine cancer. Bleeding may start as a watery, blood-streaked flow that gradually contains more blood. About 20 out of 100 women who have abnormal bleeding after menopause have uterine cancer. This means that 80 out of 100 do not get uterine cancer. The most accurate way to diagnose whether or not you have uterine cancer is through a biopsy. In this test, the doctor removes a small sample of the lining of the uterus to look for cancer cells.