The first symptom of uterine cancer is usually abnormal vaginal bleeding:
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, don’t ignore them. Put your mind at rest and make time to consult your doctor or healthcare specialist.
You may be asked to undergo some tests to find out the definitive cause of these symptoms, which may be related to other non-cancerous conditions, for example benign uterine polyps or fibroids. A detailed diagnosis is required so the most suitable treatment is offered for each condition
The standard treatment is surgery with a hysterectomy and a careful investigation of the other pelvic organs. In some cases, it may be necessary to add radiotherapy, chemotherapy and/or hormone therapy.
Conservative hormone therapy can be considered in selected cases of young women with early uterine cancer who wish to preserve their fertility.
1. ECO, European Cancer Observatory. International Agency for Research on Cancer: http://eco.iarc.fr/EUCAN (last accessed 30 June 2015)