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Gynecologic Cancers

What are the symptoms of gynecologic cancers?

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  • The symptoms of gynecologic cancers can vary depending on the type of gynecologic cancer involved. Vaginal cancer can cause unexplained bleeding, pain, and the growth of lumps or tumors. Ovarian cancer may cause feelings of bloating in the abdomen, pain in the pelvic region, and an increased need to urinate. Gynecologic cancers can also have vague symptoms, such as loss of appetite, low back pain, low energy levels, and digestive problems.

  • A OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology), answered on behalf of
    Bleeding between periods or during the menopause could be a sign of cancer.  Over 80% of endometrial (lining of the uterus) cancers bleed.  A palpable mass in the breast or pelvis should be evaluated by a physician urgently.
    Some symptoms may be mild or absent.  Changes in weight, a belt that doesn't fit right, or bowel changes could be symptoms of cancer.  Use your judgement, see a physician urgently if you feel it is warranted. 
    Finally, an annual check-up is important to discuss those vague symptoms that might not seem to be important, but could be.  Get a calendar and write down symptoms to see if there is a pattern.  A mild symptom could be the piece of the puzzle that helps your physician find a cancer early.
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