Endometrial Cancer Symptoms
Endometrial cancer (uterine cancer) is the most common gynecologic cancer that occurs in the United States; and arises from abnormal cells that develop within the inside lining of the uterus. It occurs most often after menopause, but may also be diagnosed before menopause.
The uterus is made up of two major structures, the myometrium (myo=muscle + metrium=womb) and the endometrium, the inside lining of the uterus (endo=inner + metrium=womb) where a fertilized egg implants to form the fetus.
Risk factors for developing endometrial cancer including the following:
Abnormal vaginal bleeding and pelvic pain are the hallmark symptoms of endometrial cancer and while there are less frightening causes of these symptoms, these symptoms should not be ignored:
Some patients may have anemia (low red blood cell count) because of chronic blood loss from a slow ooze of blood from the uterus. Symptoms of anemia may include:
As with many cancers, weight loss can be the initial symptom.
When these symptoms occur, it is appropriate to seek medical care. While there are many other explanations for abnormal vaginal bleeding and pain, endometrial cancer is curable if diagnosed early.
REFERENCE: American Cancer Society. Detailed Guide: Endometrial Cancer; What is Endometrial Cancer?
Last Editorial Review: 4/12/2010