Usually the first sign of womb cancer is unusual vaginal bleeding. For example, this could be:
- bleeding after the menopause (this is the most common symptom)
- bleeding in between periods
- heavier periods than usual (if you have not been through the menopause)
- a bloody or pink and watery vaginal discharge.
Less common symptoms are pain or discomfort in the pelvic area, or pain during sex.
Below is a sample of the sources used in our womb cancer information. If you would like more information about the sources we use, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Colombo N et al ESMO-ESGO-ESTRO Consensus Conference on Endometrial Cancer: diagnosis, treatment and follow-up Annals of Oncology 27: 16–41, 2016.
Sundar S et al BGCS uterine cancer guidelines: Recommendations for practice European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology 213 (2017) 71–97.
RCOG Fertility Sparing Treatments in Gynaecological Cancers 2013.
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