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What is Uterine Cancer?

Uterine cancer is cancer that forms in tissues of the uterus (the small, hollow, pear-shaped organ in a woman's pelvis in which a baby grows). Uterine cancer is the most common gynecologic cancer, accounting for 6 percent of all cancers among women in the United States.

Uterine Cancer Signs and Symptoms

Abnormal vaginal bleeding is the most common symptom of uterine cancer. Bleeding may start as a watery, blood-streaked flow that gradually contains more blood. Uterine cancer usually occurs after menopause, but it may also occur around the time that menopause begins. Women should not assume that abnormal vaginal bleeding is part of menopause.

Women should see their gynecologist if they experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Unusual vaginal bleeding or discharge
  • Trouble urinating
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pain during intercourse

These symptoms can also be caused by other conditions, so it is best to contact a Penn Medicine physician for a diagnosis.