When should one Seek Medical Advice

Endometrial cancer stands out as the most prevalent form of cancer affecting the female reproductive system. Despite extensive research, its exact cause remains elusive. Unfortunately, preventive measures are challenging, and early detection through screening tests is not yet feasible. However, akin to many cancers, the prognosis significantly improves with early intervention. If you experience any of the subsequent symptoms indicative of potential serious health issues, it is crucial to seek medical advice promptly:

  • Irregular vaginal bleeding or discharge unrelated to menstruation.
  • Extended or unusually heavy menstrual periods.
  • Vaginal bleeding post-menopause.
  • Discomfort or pain during urination.
  • Painful sexual intercourse.
  • Pelvic discomfort.
  • Detection of a mass in the pelvic region.
  • Noticeable weight loss.

Should you manifest any of these symptoms potentially suggestive of endometrial cancer, consulting a gynecologist—a specialist in female reproductive health—is imperative. It’s important to note that experiencing these symptoms does not definitively indicate endometrial cancer; various other conditions such as vaginal infections, uterine fibroids, or polyps could be responsible. Your doctor will conduct a thorough examination and order tests to ascertain the underlying cause. In the event that endometrial cancer is diagnosed, you may be referred to a gynecologic oncologist, a specialist in treating cancers of the female reproductive system, including the uterus, ovaries, cervix, or vagina.

Follow up after diagnosis 

After receiving treatment for uterine cancer, maintaining regular follow-up examinations is crucial. These appointments aid in detecting any potential recurrence of cancer at an earlier stage. Additionally, regular follow-up care provides an opportunity to address any other health changes or concerns. Should any health issues arise between scheduled follow-ups, it’s important to consult your doctor promptly.

During these follow-up appointments, your doctor may conduct a pelvic exam, chest x-ray, and other necessary laboratory tests to monitor your health status and assess for any signs of recurrence. These proactive measures play a significant role in ensuring ongoing management and monitoring of your health following uterine cancer treatment.