What Is a Significant Early Sign of an Endometrial Carcinoma?

Reviewed on 4/28/2021

An endometrial carcinoma, also commonly referred to as uterine cancer, means cancer of the lining of the uterus (endometrium).
An endometrial carcinoma, also commonly referred to as uterine cancer, means cancer of the lining of the uterus (endometrium).

An endometrial carcinoma, also commonly referred to as uterine cancer, means cancer of the lining of the uterus (endometrium). It is the most common cancer of the female reproductive system. It usually causes signs and symptoms in its earlier stages. The significant ones include

  • Bleeding and spotting in between periods
  • Bleeding after menopause
  • Irregular periods

Endometrial cancer can spread to the surrounding structures and other organs of the body. This stage is known as metastasis or advanced endometrial cancer. Women may experience

What causes an endometrial carcinoma?

The cause of endometrial carcinoma is not clearly known. Endometrial cancer results when changes (mutations) in the DNA of the endometrial cells cause uncontrolled multiplication and growth of the cells. Normally, the cells die and new cells are formed. In the case of cancer, the cell division is uncontrolled.

Factors that increase a woman’s risk of an endometrial carcinoma include

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How is an endometrial carcinoma diagnosed

Currently, no screening test can detect endometrial cancer in a woman with no symptoms. If a young woman has symptoms of abnormal bleeding and other signs and symptoms of endometrial cancer, the doctor will take their complete medical history. The doctor will perform the following tests to check if they have endometrial carcinoma.

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References
Endometrial cancer. https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/254083-overview

Endometrial cancer. https://www.acog.org/womens-health/faqs/endometrial-cancer#

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