Symptoms and Causes of Endometrial Cancer

Trials Central

May 9, 2009

Most of the times, endometrial cancer is found to develop in postmenopausal women, whose periods have stopped. The first clue that helps to identify, is abnormal vaginal bleeding.

Signs and symptoms of endometrial cancer may include:

  • Bleeding after menopause
  • Prolonged periods or bleeding between periods
  • An abnormal, non-bloody discharge from vagina
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Causes
    Till now, the causes of uterine cancer are not known. Chronic exposure to estrogen (a female hormone produced by ovaries) also increases the risk for developing this disease. The following factors may lead to estrogen exposure:

  • Early menarche (menstruation before age 12)
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy with exogenous estrogen (without progesterone)
  • Late menopause (after age 52)
  • Presence of an estrogen-secreting tumor (some types of breast cancer)
  • Nulliparity (having never given birth) or low parity
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    Author: Leslie Carol Botha

    Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.