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Fibroids Uterine Cancer
Can extreme stress cause spotting between periods? Abnormal bleed for 1 yr, t/v scan revealed '2cm degenrative fibroid' -could this be uterine cancer?
Yes, unlikely: Yes, extreme stress can cause spotting. Genetic studies have shown most uterine sarcoma (cancer) arise independently except very rare one. Even degenerative fibroid has different genetic pattern compared to uterine cancer. At your age, this is especially rare. Follow-up with your gynecologist for surveillance is however important. ...Read more
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
No: The medical term for fibroids is leiomyomata. They are benign tumors that arise from smooth muscle cells; they do not become cancerous. The cancerous counterpart is called leiomyosarcoma. The problem is the inability to distinguish between the two without taking them out and looking at the cells under the microscope. Uterine tumors that enlarge quickly should be evaluated and possibly removed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Are uterine cancer, endometrial / ovarian cancer, and uterine fibroids/other abnormalities detected through pap smear other than cervical cancer?
No.: Pap smears sample cervical cells only.Get a more detailed answer ›
It's possible: As with any cancer your risk of dying from it is related to many things including the stage of the cancer. Typically the higher the stage the higher the chances of dying from cancer. Stage is made up of 3 things: the local extent of the disease (t), whether there are regional lymph nodes involved (n), and whether there is any distant involvement of disease (m). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Irregular bleeding: May be asymptotic. Symptoms include, vaginal bleeding after menopause, prolonged periods or bleeding between periods an abnormal, watery or blood-tinged discharge from your vagina pelvic pain, pain during intercourse, anemia, weakness. In late stages, weight loss and cachexia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Data from NCI:: Us national cancer institute data for endometrial cancer ("uterine" cancer): these are cancers that form in the tissue lining the uterus. Most endometrial cancers are adenocarcinomas (cancers that begin in cells that make and release mucus and other fluids). Estimated new cases and deaths from endometrial (uterine corpus) cancer in the United States in 2013: new cases: 49, 560 deaths: 8, 190. ...Read more
Uterine fibroids are the most common pelvic tumor in women. 1 of every 3 women of child-bearing age have these tumors and up to 80% of african-american women have fibroids. They are often asymptomatic but they can also cause significant symptoms. It is the most common cause of heavy menstrual bleeding. Pelvic pain and increased urinary frequency ...Read more