What are the screening tests for uterine cancer?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Uterine cancer develops in the lining of the uterus, called the endometrium. The most common symptom is abnormal vaginal bleeding, including unusually heavy periods, spotting between periods or any post-menopausal bleeding.

What’s tricky is that irregular menstrual bleeding affects more than half of all women at some point and usually has benign causes. Still, abnormal bleeding can signal cancer and should be brought to your doctor’s attention. They’ll conduct a pelvic exam and Pap smear, and may take a tissue sample or perform a pelvic ultrasound, all very effective ways of screening for uterine cancer.

This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com

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rying urine from the bladder to outside our bodies. Although there are three types of urethral cancer, the most common type is squamous cell carcinoma. This type of carcinoma typically develops near the bladder in women. The closer the cancer is to the bladder, the more difficult it is to treat and cure. Urethral cancer is often asymptomatic in the beginning. However, see your doctor right away if you notice blood in your urine, need to urinate often, feel pain when you urinate or have recurrent urinary tract infections.

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