Endometrial Cancer Early Signs
When the cells in the endometrium (lining of womb or uterus) multiplies uncontrollably, endometrial cancer takes place. This cancer starts with a minute tumor and spreads in different parts of body if not treated early. The extent of spread decides the stage of the disease and the stage of disease decides the survival rate of uterine cancer patient. As the stage elevates the chances of total cure decreases. Understanding the endometrial cancer early signs is significant in order to avoid its spread at great extent.
You may experience certain changes in your body, if it is developing cancer cells. Cancer cells multiply rapidly and damages the other body organs if not treated in initial stages. Therefore, it is recommended to consult your doctor in case of any visible abnormalities in your body.
Early signs that indicates development of cancer cells:
There are certain symptoms of endometrial cancer that can be observed in early stages.
Unintentional vaginal bleeding: Endometrial cancer is one of the most common gynecological cancers. Abnormal bleeding from vagina refers to the bleeding after menopausal or pre menopausal. This condition is usual in other forms of uterine cancer such as fallopian tube cancer, ovarian cancer, vaginal cancer, cervical cancer. If you experience any type of bleeding which is unusual, consult your doctor and get the condition detected. Even the endometrial hyperplasia can be precursor to uterine cancer, since patient undergoing this experiences vaginal bleeding. This is one of the most prominent endometrial early signs.
Heavy bleeding during menstrual periods: Usually, heavy bleeding during menses is the major sign of uterine cancer or endometrial hyperplasia. Although, reporting continuous bleeding for more time period is not always due to cancer, but still it is an abnormal condition which needs to be diagnosed by the doctor.
Bleeding between your menses: Some women, particularly in their child bearing period or before menopause, undergo irregular menses, in which, they may experience sudden abnormal bleeding.. If you continue this cycle for more than two or three times, it should be reported to the doctor.
Sign 2: Swelling on abdominal region: Another major indication of endometrial cancer is bloating and swelling of the abdominal region. Sometimes, it may be related to the minor abnormalities in your menstrual periods. But if this condition persists, reporting a doctor is recommended.
Sign 3: Lower back pain: Persistent lower back pain indicates the cancerous development in the uterus region; there are some more medical conditions as well that are non cancerous, still they show the same signs.
Sign 4: Pain in the pelvic region: Pelvic pain is referred as the pain in the lower part of the abdomen i.e. below naval (belly button). Since the uterus is located in the pelvic area, cancerous development in this area may create pain. If this pain is long lasting then it becomes an issue of concern.
Sign 5: Disturbances in urinary system: Again, due to the proximity of the uterus to the urethra and bladder, swelling and tumors may give rise to disturbances in the urinary tracts that are more common in the case of urinary tract infections as well. You may experience a burning sensation, discomfort during urination, urgency in urination too. Report all these symptoms promptly.
Sign 6: Changes in the vagina and vulva: Sores, lumps, bumps, tenderness and change in color should be reported to the doctor. Additionally, vaginal or vulva burning, itching, abnormal discharge also represents precancerous signs. Round bumps nearby the vagina and vulva is also unusual, so it is suggested to be known to the original color of the vulva in order to observe the changes.
Sign 7: Disturbances in the gastrointestinal system: Swelling or tumors may create pressure on the digestive system giving rise to problems like indigestion, diarrhea, constipation, gas or a feeling of being stuffed regardless of not having anything. However, most sources of discomfort are within the colon and intestine (digestive system), any changes in the bowel movements that are long lasting should be taken as abnormal and thus reported to the doctor.
First understand the endometrial cancer early signs on your own. If you undergo any of the above discussed signs, don't get scared and overly alarmed. Contact your doctor; explain your conditions, if you feel that your symptoms are not answered well, you can prefer to take another opinion.