Several symptoms are associated with endometrial cancer. Some of the symptoms are seen more often in women with an advanced stage of the disease.
Unusual Vaginal Discharge, Spotting or Bleeding
Nine out of ten women with endometrial cancer experience abnormal bleeding. This includes bleeding after menopause, bleeding between periods, and changes in the menstrual cycle. Women with other conditions may experience these symptoms, but any woman with irregular bleeding should consult her physician. If you are past menopause, you should discuss any abnormal discharge, spotting, or vaginal bleeding with your personal physician. This is one of the most common symptoms of endometrial cancer.
Some women with endometrial cancer have a non-bloody discharge. If the discharge is not bloody, cancer may still be present. In approximately one out of 10 cases, women with endometrial cancer report a nonbloody discharge. You should talk to your physician about any abnormal discharge, regardless of whether you see blood.
Weight Loss, Tumor Growth, and Pelvic Pain
Unexplained weight loss, the appearance of a mass, and pelvic pain are additional signs of endometrial cancer. Women in an advanced stage of this disease are more likely to experience these symptoms. Failing to see a physician can result in the cancer advancing to a later stage. When this happens, the odds of a positive outcome with treatment decrease.
All of these symptoms are associated with other types of diseases, but if you experience any of them, you should schedule an appointment with your physician.