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Endometrial Cancer Symptoms

Endometrium is the inner lining of the uterus or womb. Endometrial cancer is a disease in which cells of endometrium become cancerous or malignant. Endometrial cancer originates in the inner lining of the uterus and accounts for about 90% of uterine cancer. It is most common cancer of the female reproductive organs.

Here are few symptoms of endometrial cancer:

  • Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding: Abnormal means unexpected bleeding. It can be the bleeding after menopause or can be the bleeding which is not related to normal menstrual bleeding.
  • A pelvic lump
  • Pain in the pelvic area
  • Difficult or painful urination
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Abnormal or unexplained weight loss
  • Anemia can occur if the initial symptoms of abnormal menstrual bleeding are ignored.
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Pain in the legs or back
  • Weight loss
  • General weakness
  • Discharge from the vegina in thin white or clear form
  • Rectal or bladder pressure symptoms
  • Five percent of women have no symptoms

Symptoms of Endometrial Sarcoma:

  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • Enlarged uterus
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Asymptomatic in early stages
  • Post-menopausal bleeding
  • Abnormal vaginal secretions
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pelvic mass
  • Infrequent menstrual periods
  • Cessation of menstrual periods
  • Fatigue
  • Pain during sex
  • Back pain
  • Weight loss
  • Bladder symptoms
  • Rectal symptoms
  • Painful urination
  • Pain during bowel movements

Nearly 35,000 women are diagnosed with this type of cancer every year in the United States. Mostly women, belonging to the age group of 55-65 years are affected with this disease.

Factors Which Can Lead to Endometrial Cancer Symptoms:

  • High levels of estrogen
  • Increased levels of the hormone Tamoxifen
  • Endometrial hyperplasia
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • High intake of animal fat
  • Heavy consumption of alcohol daily
  • Hypertension
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Nulliparity Which is the technical name for never being pregnant in life
  • Infertility technical name for inability to become pregnant
  • Early menarche also known as early onset of menstruation
  • Late menopause also called cessation of the menstruation
  • Endometrial polyps or other benign growths of the uterine lining
  • Pelvic radiation therapy

70-75 percent of cases of this cancer are diagnosed in stage 1. 10 – 15 percent of cases are found in stages 2, 3 and 4 each respectively. When compared to other types of gynecological cancers, this cancer type is most effectively diagnosed and treated well.

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