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Symptoms

Learn about the possible symptoms of womb cancer and when to see your doctor.

Common symptoms

The most common symptom of womb cancer is abnormal bleeding from the vagina, especially in women who have stopped having periods (post menopausal women). 

Abnormal 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

About 9 out of 10 womb cancers (90%) are picked up because of post menopausal or irregular vaginal bleeding. This is why womb cancer is so often diagnosed early.

Remember – irregular bleeding is a common symptom of many other conditions, such as:
  • endometriosis
  • fibroids
  • thickening of the womb lining (endometrial hyperplasia)
  • growths (polyps) in the womb lining
  • bleeding with no obvious underlying cause (called dysfunctional uterine bleeding)
Only a small number of women with irregular bleeding will actually have womb cancer.

Less common symptoms

Less common symptoms of womb cancer include blood in the urine (haematuria) with either a:

  • low red blood cell level (anaemia)
  • high platelet count (thrombocytosis)
  • high blood sugar level

Your doctor might feel that your womb is larger than normal or can feel a lump (mass) in your tummy (abdomen) or pelvis.

When to see your doctor

You should see your doctor if you have any unusual vaginal bleeding, or any of the other symptoms mentioned here.

Although your symptoms are unlikely to be cancer, it is important to get them checked by a doctor.

Information and help

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