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More than 90 percent of women with uterine (endometrial) cancer experience abnormal vaginal bleeding. In some cases, the bleeding may appear as vaginal discharge that is watery, pink, or white instead of red. Women in their late 30s and early 40s may also experience heavy bleeding between periods.
If you have gone through menopause, be sure to discuss any vaginal bleeding with your doctor; one in ten postmenopausal women with this sign are found to have uterine cancer.
Other symptoms of uterine cancer may include:
- difficulty urinating
- pain when urinating
- pain during sexual intercourse
- pelvic pain (usually a symptom of later stages of disease)
- unexplained weight loss (usually a symptom of later stages of disease)
While these and other symptoms do not necessarily indicate cancer, you should consult your doctor for examination, since early detection of many types of uterine cancer greatly increases the chance of a cure.