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Postmenopausal bleeding could be sign of endometrial cancer

August 14, 2018 - 3:30 am
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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) --  It is called postmenopausal bleeding. This is bleeding that can occur after the change of life. 

Vaginal bleeding occurs normally on a regular menstrual cycle throughout a woman's reproductive years. At the time of menopause, the bleeding slowly stops or becomes irregular for a period of time. For some women the bleeding will stop and several years later there can be new episodes of bleeding. 

According to a new report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, which looked at over 40,000 patients, postmenopausal bleeding is a clear warning sign of an increased risk of endometrial cancer. In fact, 91% of endometrial cancer patients experience postmenopausal bleeding prior to their diagnosis. 

If you have any questions about irregular periods, it is important to talk about it with your physician. 

Obviously, endometrial cancer is a relatively rare form of cancer, but if you experience bleeding after menopause, it is worth the time to check it out, and in the small chance there is a problem you can address it early.