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Postmenopausal Bleeding? Get Prompt Medical Attention

by Wellness Letter  

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.

Also see Cervical Cancer Screening: Goodbye, Pap Test?