January 19, 2019
Postmenopausal Bleeding? Get Prompt Medical Attention
Wellness Tip

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?