World Cancer Day: Raising Awareness Around Uterine Cancer
In honor of World Cancer Day on February 4th, we'd like to take a moment to recognize how COVID‐19 has presented challenges for cancer professionals and patients around the world—and to highlight how important early detection and self-love is for women.
Because Endometrial Cancer often appears around the beginning of menopause and through the menopausal transition, symptoms are often mistaken for menopausal symptoms—and ultimately, ignored. That's why we’re shining a light on signs of Uterine Cancer that shouldn't be ignored:
Unusual Vaginal Bleeding
Unusual vaginal bleeding is one of the most common symptoms of Uterine Cancer—whether it’s in between your periods, after sex, or after menopause. To err on the safe side, any post-menopausal or unexpected vaginal bleeding should be followed by a consultation with your doctor.
A less common sign of Uterine Cancer is pain in the lower stomach, pain during intercourse, and general unexpected pelvic pain. Unfortunately, tests like Pelvic Exams and PAP Smears don't accurately spot Uterine Cancer, so any unexpected or new pain is worth taking note of, no matter how subtle. Pelvic pain as a symptom of Uterine Cancer is typically seen in the later stages of the disease.
Loss of Appetite and Fatigue
While loss of appetite and fatigue are superficial symptoms (they can be difficult to pinpoint) they are no less important than other symptoms to keep an eye out for. If you're concerned about Uterine Cancer, consult with your General Practitioner—especially if this symptom is accompanied by bleeding after menopause or a change in the normal pattern of your period.
Difficulties While Urinating
Pain, burning, and difficulties during urination are very common symptoms of Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs); however, they can also be indicative of Uterine Cancer. If you're experiencing these symptoms, regardless of what you suspect the cause to be, it's important to consult with your doctor.
World Cancer Day is the one singular initiative under which the entire world can unite together in the fight against the global cancer epidemic—it aims to save millions of preventable deaths by raising awareness and providing education. By communicating and raising awareness around common symptoms, you can inspire action for a cancer-free future. The time is now.
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