Symptoms of womb cancer

The most common symptom of womb cancer is unusual vaginal bleeding, for example:

  • bleeding after the menopause
  • bleeding in between periods
  • heavier periods than usual (if you haven’t been through the menopause)
  • a watery or bloody vaginal discharge.

Less common symptoms are pain or discomfort in the pelvic area, or pain during sex.

If you have any unusual vaginal bleeding, always see your GP about it. There are other conditions that affect the womb, such as fibroids, which can also cause unusual vaginal bleeding.

Bleeding is usually the first sign of womb cancer, and the earlier womb cancer is picked up, the more likely it is to be cured. Even if you’ve had a normal cervical screening test recently, it’s important to have any bleeding checked. A routine cervical screening test only takes cells from the neck of the womb (the cervix), so it only occasionally picks up womb cancer.

Back to Understanding womb cancer

About womb cancer

Most womb cancers start in the lining of the womb (the endometrium). They’re usually diagnosed early and treated successfully.

The womb

The womb (uterus) is a muscular, pear-shaped organ where a baby is carried during pregnancy.

What is cancer?

There are more than 200 different kinds of cancer, each with its own name and treatment.

Cancer and cell types

Cancers are grouped into types. Types of cancer often behave and respond to treatments in different ways.

Why do cancers come back?

Sometimes, tiny cancer cells are left behind after cancer treatment. These can divide to form a new tumour.