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What Are the Symptoms of Endometrial Cancer?

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Finding endometrial cancer in an early stage, while it is small and hasn't spread to other parts of the body, makes it easier to treat. Fortunately, most endometrial cancer cases are discovered in the early stages. 

These are the symptoms that you may notice:

  • Unusual vaginal bleeding, which is present in up to 90% of women diagnosed with endometrial cancer. This unusual bleeding may include changes in a period, bleeding between periods, or any vaginal bleeding after menopause. For most women, abnormal vaginal bleeding is the only symptoms that they will have.

  • Non-bloody vaginal discharge 

  • Pain when urinating

  • Pain during sexual intercourse

  • Pain, pressure, or feeling a lump or mass in the pelvic area or lower abdomen (belly)

Many of these may be signs of health problems other than cancer. Talk with your doctor right away to find out for sure.

Some women who have endometrial cancer are going through menopause. During this time, a woman's menstrual periods may get heavier or lighter before she stops having them altogether. Often, perimenopausal women do not tell their doctor about unusual vaginal bleeding because they believe it is a symptom of menopause. It is important for you to always tell your doctor about any vaginal bleeding that is unusual for you, even during menopause or if you are premenopausal with risk factors for endometrial cancer.