What are the signs of endometrial cancer(womb cancer)?

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The early stages of endometrial cancer can cause symptoms. When a post-menopausal woman has vaginal bleeding (present in 90% of women at the time of diagnosis with endometrial cancer), the first thing that needs to be looked into is the possibility of endometrial cancer. If you are pre menopause as I was I had prolonged bleeding and heavy. As a tumor grows in size, it can produce a variety of problems including:
  • Vaginal bleeding (in a post-menopausal woman)
  • Abnormal bleeding (including bleeding in between periods, or heavier/longer lasting menstrual bleeding)
  • Abnormal vaginal discharge (may be foul smelling)
  • Pelvic or back pain
  • Painful urination
  • Painful sexual intercourse
  • Blood in the stool or urine
All of these symptoms are non-specific and could represent a variety of different conditions. You should see your healthcare provider if you experience any of these symptoms.

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