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:
- thickening of the womb lining (endometrial hyperplasia)
- growths (polyps) in the womb lining
- bleeding with no obvious underlying cause (called dysfunctional uterine bleeding)
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.
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.