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Signs and symptoms

  • Unusual vaginal bleeding, spotting or discharge after menopause

  • Prolonged periods or bleeding between periods

  • Pelvic pain or cramping

  • Pain during intercourse

  • Difficult or painful urination

  • Unexpected weight loss
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The good news

Uterine cancer cannot be prevented, but if caught early, it can often be cured. Report any abnormal vaginal bleeding ― regardless of age ― to your doctor.

Uterine cancer is one of four cancers that have a higher than 95 percent five-year relative survival rate if caught early. When uterine cancer moves to distant parts of the body, the survival rate reduces to less than 24 percent.

Site
Survival Rates
Local
Distant
Breast
98.1
27.1
Melanoma
98.7
15.4
Thyroid
99.7
57.8
Uterine
95.5
23.6
Source: American Cancer Society
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The stress response


Stress is the body’s reaction to a circumstance that requires a response or adjustment. It’s not necessarily bad. The stress response allows us to avoid life-threatening situations ― we quickly jump out of the way of an oncoming automobile. But stress can be harmful when psychological or emotional stressors bombard us daily and we have no outlet to counter the physiological changes that occur.


  • Blood pressure increases

  • Heart beats faster

  • More blood flows to muscles

  • Immune and digestive systems slow down

  • The pupils dilate for better vision

  • Stored fat is converted to energy

  • Blood clots faster

  • Metabolism increases

  • Breathing becomes shallow



To understand how stress affects your body, click here.