Uterine or endometrial cancer begins to develop in the uterine mucosa (endometrium), then spreads to the uterine wall and, if not treated, to the uterine tube, ovaries and other organs.
In women who are in menopause slight bleeding from the vagina occurs, while in women who are still menstruating this bleeding occurs between menstrual periods. A discharge from the vagina is also possible, which can be watery and light-colored, but also dense, brown and unpleasantly smelling. A disease can cause pain, similar to menstrual pain.
Among all forms of cancer in women, endometrial cancer is (by frequency) at the fifth place. It occurs mostly between the ages of 50 and 60 in women who have no children.
What to do?
If you have irregular vaginal bleeding or if you are bleeding, even though your last menstruation was six months ago, or you have an unusual discharge from your vagina. you should contact your doctor as soon as possible. This type of cancer develops and spreads very slowly so the chances it will become lethal are much smaller than in many other types of cancer. If you talk to your doctor on time, your odds of complete healing are very good.
If the examination confirms the existence of endometrial cancer, the uterus needs to be removed. Sometimes the surgical procedure is combined with radiotherapy to prevent further spread of cancer. In some cases, an implant is inserted into the womb a week before surgery, and leaves it in the womb for 36 hours, while in others the radiation is applied after the operation. Sometimes the radium implant is inserted into the upper part of the vagina and after surgery. In some cases tumor growth is successfully limited by hormone therapy. If the cancer is discovered fairly early, healing prospects are excellent and 80% of women who had the operation are completely cured.