Abnormal Bleeding Pattern
Vaginal bleeding that occurs after menopause or between periods is considered abnormal. A cycle that lasts unusually long, abnormally heavy menstrual bleeding or bleeding during sexual intercourse may also be a cause for concern and could be indicative of endometrial or cervical cancer.
You should consult your doctor right away if you have gone through menopause (absence of periods for a year) and you have bloody discharge, spotting or blood clot-discharge.
According to a 2003 study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, post-menopausal bleeding incurs a 64-fold increase in endometrial cancer risk. Women with recurrent post-menopausal bleeding are at a higher risk of endometrial cancer than women who do not experience such bleeding.
Bloating is a condition that occurs during menstruation, indigestion, and overeating.
As a woman, you should consult your doctor right away when you experience perpetual bloating lasting three weeks or more because it could be a sign of ovarian cancer.
According to a 2001 study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 71 percent of 168 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer reported fullness and unusual bloating of the abdomen.
Pelvic or Abdominal Pain
It is common for women suffering from abdominal or pelvic pain to associate it with indigestion or menstrual cramps.
Although, frequent pelvic or abdominal pain could indicate vaginal, ovarian, or endometrial cancer. The risk for underlying cancer may become greater when this kind of pain occurs with irregular periods or bleeding between cycles.
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