Warning signs that something may be wrong include vaginal bleeding
, spotting, or discharge in between periods. Also, bleeding or spotting that occurs after a woman has gone through menopause
is a reason to get evaluated. More advanced disease may cause painful urination
, pain in the pelvic area, or pain during intercourse.
There is an increased chance of endometrial cancer
in a woman who has taken the hormone
estrogen alone (not in combination with progesterone.) also, women who have had breast cancer
and who have been treated with tamoxifen
may be at increased risk, and should have a yearly pelvic exam
, particularly is any unexpected vaginal bleeding occurs.
The effects of the cancer depend on how far it has spread in the body. If limited to the endometrium, bleeding may be the only sign. If it spreads to the adjacent bladder
, it can cause blood in the urine
or stool and pain.