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Nearly all women with uterine cancer experienced abnormal vaginal bleeding before the disease was diagnosed. For younger women, abnormal bleeding may include

  • periods that are heavier than usual

  • spotting (bleeding between periods)

  • bleeding after sex.

For older women, bleeding that happens at the start of menopause or after it should be reported to a doctor. Don't assume that abnormal bleeding is a normal part of menopause.

Other symptoms include painful or difficult urination and pain during sex.

A small percentage of women with uterine sarcoma feel pain before diagnosis. Some can feel a mass in their vagina.

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