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Womb cancer symptoms

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This page tells you about the symptoms of womb cancer. You can find the following information

 

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Womb cancer symptoms

The most common symptom of womb cancer is abnormal bleeding from the vagina – especially in women who have had their menopause and stopped having periods. About 90 out of every 100 cases of womb cancer (90%) are picked up because of post menopausal or irregular vaginal bleeding. This irregular bleeding can be

  • Vaginal bleeding after the menopause
  • Bleeding that is unusually heavy or happens between periods
  • Vaginal discharge – from pink and watery to dark and foul smelling

Less common symptoms of womb cancer can include pain or discomfort in the lower abdomen, and pain during sex (intercourse). Your doctor may also feel that your womb is enlarged and feels swollen.

Advanced womb cancer can cause more symptoms, especially if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. Many of these symptoms are vague and can be difficult to spot. And they are more likely to be caused by much more common conditions than womb cancer.

 

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Common symptoms

The most common symptom of womb cancer is abnormal bleeding from the vagina – especially in women who have had their menopause and stopped having periods. About 90 out of 100 cases of womb cancer (90%) are picked up because of post menopausal or irregular vaginal bleeding. This is why womb cancer is so often diagnosed early. This irregular bleeding can be

  • Vaginal bleeding after the menopause
  • Bleeding that is unusually heavy or happens between periods
  • Vaginal discharge – from pink and watery to dark and foul smelling

Most cases are post menopausal bleeding, which is a key symptom of womb cancer.

Remember – irregular bleeding is a common symptom of many other conditions, such as

Only a small number of women with such bleeding will actually have womb cancer.

 

Less common symptoms

Less common symptoms of womb cancer can include

  • Pain or discomfort in the lower abdomen
  • Pain during sex (intercourse)

Your doctor may also feel that your womb is enlarged and feels swollen.

 

Symptoms of advanced womb cancer

Advanced womb cancer can cause more symptoms, especially if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. These are much less common and can include

  • Loss of appetite and weight
  • Tiredness or weakness
  • Feeling or being sick
  • Constipation
  • Passing urine more often than usual
  • Pain in the back or legs

Many of these symptoms are vague and can be difficult to spot. They are more likely to be caused by much more common conditions than womb cancer. If you have any of these symptoms, do go to your doctor and get a check up. But remember that most women with any of these symptoms will not have womb cancer.

 

More information

The earlier a cancer is picked up, the easier it is to treat it and the more likely the treatment is to be successful. So it is important that you go to your GP as soon as possible if you notice worrying symptoms.

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Updated: 13 September 2014