Different signs and symptoms of uterine cancer may occur as it grows in the body. Although other health conditions can also cause the same symptoms, when you experience unusual body changes and strange signs taking longer than normal, it is important to see a doctor for an examination to help identify the cause. (1)
One of the most common symptoms of uterine cancer is irregular vaginal bleeding, and it also includes the changes in menstruation such as heavier periods, periods that last longer or periods that happen irregularly or more than normal, or bleeding between periods, bleeding that occurs after menopause or spotting.
About 10 percent of women with uterine cancer experience vaginal discharge that doesn’t have any visible blood. Such discharge is usually a sign of infection or an indication of another cancerous condition, but most of all, it also can be a sign of uterine cancer. Nevertheless, any abnormal discharge from your vagina should be an immediate concern. (2)
Pelvic Pain Or Pressure
After the first diagnosis, about 10 percent of women with uterine sarcomas experience pelvic pain and or tumor that is noticeable and can be felt. You or the doctor may feel the mass in the uterus, or you might also have a feeling of fullness in the pelvis.
Abnormal Bleeding Or Spots
After menopause, any bleeding through the vaginal passage or blood spots around that area should be treated as abnormal and must be reported to the doctor as soon as possible. Approximately 85 percent of the patients diagnosed with uterine cancer do not have regular vaginal bleeding, i.e., it happens irregularly such as between periods or bleeding happens after menopause. Other types of cancer may also cause this symptom. Hence, it is important that you immediately seek professional care if you notice it. (3)
In brief, the possible symptoms of uterine cancer include:
- Unusual vaginal discharge that smells bad or blood-tinged
- Painful experiences during intercourse
- Pelvic pain or pressure
- Pain or feeling of pressure in the pelvis area, the lower abdomen, back or legs
- Pain when urinating, difficult urination or blood in the urine
- Unexplained bowel changes; pain during bowel movements, painful bowel movements or blood in the stool
- Bleeding from the bladder or rectum
- fluid buildup in the abdomen referred to as ascites or in the legs well known as lymphedema.
- Unexplained weight loss
- Lack or loss of appetite
- Difficulty in breathing