Symptoms of uterine cancer
Uterine cancer can cause different signs and symptoms as the cancer grows. Other health conditions can cause the same symptoms as uterine cancer.
The most common symptom of uterine cancer is abnormal vaginal bleeding. This includes a change in menstruation (heavier periods, periods that last longer or periods that occur more often than normal), bleeding between periods, bleeding after menopause or spotting.
Other signs and symptoms of uterine cancer include:
- unusual vaginal discharge, which can be foul-smelling, pus-like or blood-tinged
- pain during intercourse
- pelvic pain or pressure
- pain or feeling of pressure in the pelvis, lower abdomen, back or legs
- pain during urination, difficult urination or blood in the urine
- pain during bowel movements, difficult bowel movements or blood in the stool
- bleeding from the bladder or rectum
- buildup of fluid in the abdomen (called ascites) or in the legs (called lymphedema)
- weight loss
- lack of appetite
- difficulty breathing
Great progress has been made
Some cancers, such as thyroid and testicular, have survival rates of over 90%. Other cancers, such as pancreatic, brain and esophageal, continue to have very low survival rates.