Endometrial cancer begins in the uterus in the layer of cells that form the lining (endometrium) of the uterus. Other types of cancer form in the uterus, including uterine sarcoma cancer, but is much less common than endometrial cancer.
Fortunately, endometrial cancer is usually detected at an early stage because it produces abnormal vaginal bleeding, which prompts women to see their gynecologist. If discovered early, endometrial cancer can be cured with a hysterectomy. Symptoms include:
Vaginal bleeding after menopause
Bleeding between periods
An abnormal, watery or blood tinged discharge
Pain during intercourse
Make an appointment to see your doctor if you experience any signs or symptoms that worry you. At Nevada Surgery and Cancer Center, we strongly believe in “better safe than sorry.”
While we don’t yet know what causes endometiral cancer, we do know that a genetic mutation occurs within cells in the lining of the uterus. This turns healthy cells into abnormal cells that grow and multiply out of control. They accumulate to form a tumor, then spread to other tissues in the body, metastasizing.
Do you show any of the symptoms above? If so, make an appointment with your doctor to discuss this. Preparing ahead of time can help you make the most of your appointment and will remind you to ask any questions you have.
We recommend writing down any symptoms you’re experiencing. Make a list of all medications and vitamins you are taking. Jot down if you’ve used any type of hormonal therapy in the past, including birth control pills. It may be helpful and calming to ask a friend or family member to go with you to your appointments for support, and they may remember something the doctor said that you missed or forgot. Finally, write down any questions you want to ask your doctor. At NVSCC, we welcome any and all questions, and appreciate when patients show concern and active interest in their own health.