What are the Symptoms of Womb Cancer?

What are the Symptoms of Womb Cancer?

Womb cancer, also known as uterine cancer or endometrial cancer, primarily affects the lining of the uterus (endometrium). The symptoms of womb cancer may include:

  • Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding: The most common symptom is abnormal vaginal bleeding, which can manifest as:
    • Irregular periods.
    • Heavier or longer periods than usual.
    • Bleeding between periods.
    • Postmenopausal bleeding (bleeding after menopause).
  • Pelvic Pain: Persistent pelvic pain or discomfort, often accompanied by a feeling of fullness or pressure in the lower abdomen.
  • Painful Intercourse: Pain or discomfort during sexual intercourse (dyspareunia).
  • Pelvic Mass or Swelling: Swelling or a mass in the pelvic area due to an enlarged uterus.
  • Frequent Urination: Increased frequency of urination or feeling the need to urinate more frequently.
  • Painful Urination: Discomfort or pain during urination.
  • Bowel Changes: Changes in bowel habits, such as constipation, diarrhea, or difficulty in bowel movements.
  • Unexplained Weight Loss: Significant and unintentional weight loss without changes in diet or exercise.
  • Fatigue: Generalized tiredness, lack of energy, or a feeling of weakness.
  • Enlarged Uterus: A doctor may detect an enlarged uterus during a physical examination.

It’s important to emphasize that experiencing these symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean you have womb cancer, as these symptoms can also be caused by various other conditions. However, if you experience any of these symptoms, especially abnormal vaginal bleeding or postmenopausal bleeding, it’s crucial to seek medical attention promptly.

Early detection and timely medical care significantly improve the prognosis of womb cancer. If womb cancer is suspected, further evaluation, diagnostic tests (e.g., pelvic ultrasound, endometrial biopsy), and appropriate treatment, often involving surgery, radiation therapy, and/or chemotherapy, will be recommended by your healthcare provider.

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