Endometrial cancer, also referred to as uterine cancer, is the fourth most common cancer in women. Endometrial cancer is caused when the cells inside the uterus begin to change or grow uncontrollably. The vast majority of endometrial cancers are referred to as 'adenocarcinoma.' The diagnosis process for endometrial cancer is a common procedure, accomplished by 1 of several different testing options.
Identify Possible Endometrial Cancer Symptoms
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Watch for irregular bleeding or spotting, especially after menopause. Post-menopausal women are most commonly affected by endometrial cancer.
Observe abnormal discharge of any kind, even if it isn't bloody. A small portion of uterine cancer patients don't show any signs of bleeding.
Take note of any pelvic pain, even if it isn't severe.
Notice any unexplainable and significant weight loss. This normally occurs in the later stages of the disease, but it should still be addressed immediately.
Report any symptoms to your doctor immediately.
Learn About the Endometrial Cancer Diagnosis Process
Visit your doctor and discuss your symptoms.
Get tested. In most cases, an endometrial biopsy will be performed. This relatively painless process allows the physician to take a sample of the uterine tissue and learn whether or not it's cancerous.
Prepare for other potential tests--your doctor may first decide to issue a hysteroscopy, which is a painless process that allows them to look inside the uterus and see what areas need to be biopsied.
Know that should the cancer be malignant, your diet and lifestyle will likely need to be adjusted so you can prepare for the recommended treatments. Talk to your doctor about specific foods he or she recommends and whether you will need to take time off of work.
Follow up by checking out that latest information about diagnosing endometrial cancer at the American Cancer Society (see Resources below).