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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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Reduce your risk

Although it is not possible to prevent uterine cancer, it is possible to reduce the factors that increase its risk.


Exercise and eat right.
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