What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Cancer of the Uterus?
The most common symptom of cancer of the uterus is abnormal vaginal bleeding, particularly if it occurs following menopause. About 90 percent of women diagnosed with uterine cancer report either postmenopausal bleeding or irregular vaginal bleeding. Although abnormal vaginal bleeding also can occur when cancer is not present, it is important to have a medical evaluation any time that abnormal vaginal bleeding occurs. In some instances, women with cancer of the uterus have a watery, milky, vaginal discharge that may or may not be blood streaked. A physician should also evaluate this symptom because in nearly 10 percent of postmenopausal women, the discharge could be associated with cancer of the uterus. Other symptoms that are associated with cancer of the uterus include difficult or painful urination, pain during sexual intercourse, and pain or pressure in the pelvic (lower part of the abdomen) region. Indeed, all of these symptoms warrant a medical evaluation. However, many less serio