Uterine Cancer Diagnosis

Gynecologic cancer specialists at Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center understand an accurate and quick diagnosis of uterine cancer is key to offering the best treatment options in a timely and efficient manner.

Our gynecologic oncologists have extensive experience in gynecologic surgery, and also oversee all medical oncology treatments such as chemotherapy and immunotherapy. They are joined with radiologists, pathologists and radiation oncologists to develop an appropriate treatment plan customized for each patient with uterine cancer.

Screening for Uterine Cancer

There are no recommended screening tests for uterine cancer. For women who do not have symptoms or a hereditary risk, a yearly pelvic exam and Pap test are good ways to check their overall reproductive health. However, they are not as helpful at finding uterine cancer early.

Advanced uterine cancer may be detected during a pelvic exam when changes in the size, shape, or feel of the uterus or surrounding structures may be seen.

A gynecologist may suggest more advanced screening for women:

  • At high risk for endometrial cancer
  • At high risk for hereditary non-polyposis colon cancer (HNPCC)
  • At high risk and going through menopause
  • With uterine changes that might turn into cancer
  • When they go through menopause
  • Because of their history, some women may consider having a yearly endometrial biopsy.

The American Cancer Society recommends that at the time of menopause, all women be informed about the risks and symptoms of uterine cancer. Women should report any unexpected vaginal bleeding or spotting after menopause to their doctor.

Staging Uterine Cancer

Staging uterine cancer can help physicians at the Abramson Cancer Center create a treatment plan designed specifically for you.