Uterine Cancer

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It’s the “silent killer”… uterine cancer.  But is it really so stealthy?

Research shows that, though it’s commonly thought to have no symptoms, patients with uterine cancer do all seem to experience signs.  Of course, they are often misdiagnosed by physicians or simply ignored by victims of this disease.

Because early detection is the key to treating uterine cancer, it’s imperative that you not ignore the following symptoms.  Even if your doctor says it’s nothing, trust your instincts and obtain a second opinion.  It could save your life.

Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding

Though a certain amount of “spotting” is common in some women, abnormal vaginal bleeding may be an early sign of uterine cancer.  Look for a heavier than normal flow (akin to a normal menstrual period), one that requires the use of a tampon or sanitary pad.  Sometimes, pain may also occur, though many women never have any discomfort.

Bleeding after Menopause

If you’ve already entered menopause and you suddenly begin to bleed vaginally, you would be wise to get a check-up.  Uterine cancer can sometimes cause post-menopausal women to begin bleeding; unfortunately, many of them assume that their periods are simply starting up again and ignore the flow.  However, if you’re past menopause, you need to ensure that any unexpected bleeding isn’t an indicator of uterine cancer.

Bleeding after Sexual Intercourse

Some women do bleed after sexual intercourse, but if it happens to you on a regular basis, you may want to contact a physician.  Bleeding after having sexual activity could be a sign of uterine cancer.  Like abnormal vaginal bleeding, pain may accompany the bleeding (which often lasts much longer than expected.)

By being attune to your body and keeping an eye for the signs of uterine cancer, you can protect yourself and ensure that your loved ones have you around for many years.

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