Uterine cancer is a sarcoma of the muscle supporting the womb. This form of cancer starts in tissues such as muscle, fat and bone, and the vast majority of cases begin in the cells lining the uterus. Diagnosis for uterine cancer can be challenging, as there are no standard tests given regularly that can detect the disease. It is therefore critical that you notice any potential changes in your body and report them to your doctor immediately.
Recognize the Signs of Uterine Cancer
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Know when you're at risk. Uterine cancer strikes African American patients more often than their Caucasian counterparts. Likewise, women who have already received radiation therapy for other forms of cancer are more likely to contract uterine cancer.
Watch for irregular bleeding or discharge, in addition to pelvic pain or noticeable lumps. If you experience any of these symptoms, tell your doctor right away.
Learn How to Diagnosis Uterine Cancer
Visit your doctor and allow her to take a tissue sample from your uterus. This relatively painless process allows the doctor to biopsy the sample and determine if there are cancerous cells present.
Submit to additional tests, such as a transvaginal ultrasound. There are several forms of uterine cancer, and various testing methods must be employed.
Consult a specialist if a tumor is discovered. A second opinion and analysis by an expert in oncology should always be obtained before beginning treatment.
Prepare for major short-term lifestyle changes during treatment for the cancer. This could include preparing for surgery or chemotherapy by improving your diet and quitting smoking.
Stay up to date about uterine cancer diagnoses at the American Cancer Society Web site (see Resources below).