Signs and Symptoms of Uterine Sarcomas

In most cases, the possibility of uterine sarcoma is suggested by certain symptoms. These symptoms don't always mean that a woman has uterine sarcoma. In fact, they are more often caused by something else, such as non-cancerous changes in the uterus (like fibroids), pre-cancerous overgrowth of the endometrium, or endometrial carcinoma. Still, if you're having these problems, see a doctor to find the cause and get any needed treatment.

Abnormal bleeding or spotting

About 85% of patients diagnosed with uterine sarcomas have irregular vaginal bleeding (between periods) or bleeding after menopause. This symptom is more often caused by something other than cancer, but it's important to have any irregular bleeding checked right away.

If you've gone through menopause, any vaginal bleeding or spotting is abnormal, and it should be reported to your health care professional right away.

Vaginal discharge

About 10% of women with uterine sarcomas have a vaginal discharge that does not have any visible blood. A discharge is most often a sign of infection or another non-cancer condition, but it also can be a sign of cancer. Any abnormal discharge should be checked by a health care professional.

Pelvic pain and/or a mass

When they're first diagnosed, about 10% of women with uterine sarcomas have pelvic pain and/or a mass (tumor) that can be felt. You or your doctor may be able to feel the mass in your uterus, or you might have a feeling of fullness in your belly and/or pelvis.

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Last Medical Review: October 12, 2017 Last Revised: November 13, 2017

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