Postmenopausal women who experience vaginal bleeding should get prompt medical attention, since there’s a small chance this is a sign of endometrial cancer.
To put the risk into perspective, researchers analyzed 129 observational studies with a total of more than 40,000 postmenopausal women who were categorized as having bleeding or endometrial cancer.
As reported in JAMA Internal Medicine, 91 percent of those with endometrial cancer had a history of bleeding before diagnosis (indicating that bleeding is a very common sign of the disease), while overall 9 percent of those with bleeding had endometrial cancer. Evaluation for endometrial cancer includes such procedures as transvaginal ultrasound, endometrial biopsy, sonohysterography, D&C, and hysteroscopy. Early diagnosis helps saves lives.
This article first appeared in the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter.