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Symptoms of womb cancer

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.

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

Back to Understanding womb cancer

The womb and womb cancer

The womb (uterus) is a pear-shaped organ where a baby is carried during pregnancy. The most common type of womb cancer is endometrial cancer.

What is cancer?

Cancer develops when the normal workings of a cell go wrong and the cell becomes abnormal.