Endometrial Cancer: Symptoms

October 12, 2017

Endometrial Cancer: Symptoms

Woman sitting on exam table on provider's office. Provider is talking to her.

What are the symptoms of endometrial cancer?

The main symptom of endometrial cancer is unusual vaginal bleeding. This occurs in almost all women with endometrial cancer. The bleeding may include:

  • Changes in the kind of bleeding during periods, such as an excessively long period or heavy bleeding

  • Bleeding between periods

  • Any vaginal bleeding after menopause

For most women, abnormal vaginal bleeding is the only symptom they have. But other symptoms may include:

  • Non-bloody vaginal discharge 

  • Pain when urinating

  • Pain during sex

  • Pain, pressure, or a lump in the pelvic area or lower belly (lower abdomen)

  • Losing weight without trying

When to see your healthcare provider 

Tell your healthcare provider if you have any unusual bleeding from the vagina. Tell him or her if you have any bleeding at all after menopause.

Some women develop endometrial cancer while they are going through menopause. During this time, a woman's menstrual periods may get heavier or lighter. This may not be a symptom of menopause. Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any vaginal bleeding that is unusual for you, especially during menopause.                                                                                                                                                                                  

Some of these symptoms may be caused by other health problems. But it is important to see your healthcare provider if you have these symptoms. Only a healthcare provider can tell if you have cancer.


October 12, 2017


Moore, RG., Endometrial Cancer, ACP Smart Medicine (2014)

Reviewed By:  

Goodman, Howard, MD,Stump-Sutliff, Kim, RN, MSN, AOCNS