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Uterine Cancer: Symptoms, Causes, Prevention And Cure; Watch Out For Early Warning Signs

Updated: Jan 12

Uterine Cancer Symptoms, Causes & Prevention

Uterine cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the uterus, which is called the endometrium. It is the most common type of cancer that affects the female reproductive system. Although the exact cause of uterine cancer is unknown, certain factors may increase a woman’s risk, such as:

Age: The risk of uterine cancer increases as women age, with most cases occurring in women over the age of 50.

Hormonal Imbalance: Women with high estrogen levels or low progesterone levels may be at higher risk of developing uterine cancer.

Obesity: Women who are obese have a higher risk of developing uterine cancer due to increased estrogen levels in their body.

Family History: Women with a family history of uterine or colon cancer may be at a higher risk of developing the disease.


All women are at risk for uterine cancer however, the risk increase with age.

Uterine Cancer: 5 Major Symptoms

1. Bleeding from the vagina: The most common early symptom of uterine cancer is abnormal vaginal bleeding, especially bleeding between periods or after menopause. Other early symptoms may include:

2. Vaginal discharge: Women suffering from cancer of the uterus may have watery or bloody discharge from the vagina, which may have a bad odor.

3. Pelvic pain or pressure: Women with uterine cancer may experience pain or pressure in the abdomen, pelvis, or lower back.

4. Pain during intercourse (dyspareunia): Women with uterine cancer may experience pain during intercourse.

5. Change in bowel or bladder habits: Women with uterine cancer may experience changes in their bowel or bladder habits, such as constipation or frequent urination.

Signs and symptoms of Uterine Cancer can be vague or not present at all which makes this a very frustrating cancer to diagnose and therefore treat.

What should you do?

Gynecological exams are an important part of a woman’s overall health care and should be a regular practice. These exams are designed to detect any potential problems with the reproductive organs and can help identify conditions such as uterine cancer, among many other underlying health concerns.

About Women’s Cancer Research Foundation:

The Women’s Cancer Research Foundation (WCRF) is one of the most active research organizations in the nation. We are dedicated to studying and evaluating novel treatments for women afflicted with breast, ovarian, endometrial, and cervical cancers. The WCRF persistently endeavors to make a difference in women’s lives by offering them hope, strength, and progress.

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