Cancer sign: Bleeding from the vagina linked to THIS condition

In women that started the menopause more than a year ago, bleeding from the vagina is a sign to see your GP as soon as possible, the NHS said.

It could be a sign of womb cancer - or endometrial cancer, as it’s known - and 90 per cent of the cancer patients suffer from vaginal bleeding.

While postmenopausal bleeding could be a symptom of the cancer, it could also be caused by inflammation and thinning of the vaginal lining, or non-cancerous cervical growths.

Between one and 14 per cent of women with postmenopausal bleeding will have womb cancer, according to scientists.

But, testing for womb cancer can be challenging, they added.

There was a need to find a way of accurately diagnosing the cause of postmenopausal bleeding with such high stakes.

No single way to detect the cancer has proven 100 per cent accurate for all patents, the scientists said.

Healthcare providers should be educated on providing treatment catered to each individual patient, they added.

“There continues to be confusion in the way postmenopausal bleeding is treated,” said Dr Steven Goldstein, from the New York University School of Medicine.

“It is not effective to just rely on routine triggers for further evaluation.

“Rather, an individualised assessment based on patient characteristics and risk factors is appropriate.”

Other symptoms of womb cancer include a tummy pain, pain during sex and loss of appetite.

Currently, a vaginal ultrasound scan is used to diagnose the cause of postmenopausal bleeding.

Other tests include a pelvic exam, analysing samples of womb lining and a camera test known as a hysteroscopy.

Treatments for the bleeding include removing any growths with forceps, and using a simple oestrogen cream.

If the cause of the bleeding is womb cancer, a total hysterectomy will most likely be recommended.



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