The most common symptom caused by endometrial cancer is abnormal vaginal bleeding. This bleeding may at first look watery and slightly bloody and could soon develop into heavier vaginal bleeding. If a woman has already gone through menopause, any type of vaginal bleeding is considered to be abnormal.
Other common symptoms of endometrial cancer include:
- Abnormal menstrual periods
- Bleeding between menstrual periods before menopause
- Vaginal bleeding/spotting post-menopause
- Heavy episodes of vaginal bleeding after age 40
- Abdominal pain or cramping
- Clear or white vaginal discharge post-menopause
A woman may also experience pain when urinating or pain during sex as a symptom. Keep in mind that these symptoms could be caused by endometrial cancer, but they may also be caused by other health issues.
It is important for a woman experiencing any of the symptoms above to consult with her doctor right away so that any underlying medical issue can be diagnosed as early as possible.
Endometrial Cancer Symptoms: Anemia
Patients may develop anemia as a result of blood loss from chronic vaginal bleeding caused by uterine cancer. Anemia is a condition that results in a low red blood cell count because of blood loss. Some symptoms of anemia caused by uterine cancer could include:
- Shortness of breath
- Pale complexion
As is common in many cancers, weight loss could also be an initial symptom of uterine cancer.
Endometrial Cancer Symptoms as You Age
As women age, it is more important than ever to pay attention to the above uterine cancer symptoms. The risk of endometrial cancer increases with age. Other risk factors that contribute to endometrial cancer include irregular menstrual periods, diabetes, obesity, and never having been pregnant.
Women between the ages of 50 and 75 years old who are at risk for endometrial cancer and experience any of the above symptoms should make an appointment with their doctor immediately.
It is important that the above uterine cancer symptoms are not overlooked. Many women don’t give a second thought to heavy vaginal bleeding before menopause, but it still could be a precursor to endometrial cancer.
If a woman experiences any abnormalities in her menstrual cycle before menopause or abnormal bleeding after menopause, she is encouraged to visit her doctor immediately since it could be a sign of a more serious issue.
The above symptoms of endometrial cancer do not guarantee that a woman has the disease, but it is still important that all symptoms are taken seriously so that a woman can receive immediate medical treatment. The earlier that uterine cancer is detected, the easier it is to treat and even cure completely.
If you have risk factors for endometrial cancer, as well as a family history of the disease, your doctor may already be keeping a close eye on your health to detect any warning signs of cancer. If you have experienced any of the above symptoms, it is imperative to bring them to your doctor’s attention so that you can be tested for endometrial cancer and receive immediate treatment if necessary.
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Source: American Cancer Society. Detailed Guide: Endometrial Cancer; What is Endometrial Cancer?