What is cancer of the uterus?
Cancer of the uterus (also called uterine cancer) is a cancer of the female reproductive system. It begins from abnormal cells in the lining of the uterus (endometrium) or the muscle tissue of the uterus (myometrium).
Uterine cancer can be either endometrial cancer or uterine sarcoma.
Uterine cancer symptoms
The most common symptom of uterine cancer is abnormal vaginal bleeding, particularly if it occurs after menopause. Some women experience a watery discharge, which may be smelly.
Other symptoms can include:
- discomfort or pain in the abdomen
- difficult or painful urination
- pain during sex.
Uterine cancer statistics
- About 2000 women in Australia are diagnosed with uterine cancer each year.
- Uterine cancer is the sixth most common cancer in females.
- The majority of uterine cancers are diagnosed in women aged 60 and over.
The aim of this information is to help you understand about uterine cancer. We cannot advise you about the best treatment for you. You need to discuss this with your doctors. However, we hope this information will answer some of your questions and help you think about the questions you would like to ask your doctors or other health carers.