Can Uterine Sarcoma Be Found Early?

In some cases, knowing the signs and symptoms of uterine sarcoma and seeing a health care professional right away can help find it at an early stage (when it's small and hasn't spread). But many uterine sarcomas reach an advanced stage before signs and symptoms are present. The signs and symptoms for the main types of uterine sarcoma are different. (See How Is Uterine Sarcoma Diagnosed?)

Screening tests

Screening refers to testing to find a disease such as cancer in people who don't have symptoms of the disease. At this time, there are no tests or exams to detect uterine sarcomas in women without symptoms (asymptomatic women). Screening tests used for cervical cancer, such as a Pap test or HPV (human papillomavirus) test aren’t effective tests for uterine sarcomas. The Pap test, which screens for cervical cancer, can sometimes find early uterine sarcomas, but it's not a good test for this type of cancer.

Still, the Pap test is very good at finding early carcinomas of the cervix (the lower part of the uterus). For information on finding cervical cancer early, see Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines.

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Last Revised: July 24, 2020

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