Cancer may occur in different areas of the uterus, such as the cervix or endometrium. While these reproductive tract cancers are sometimes collectively referred to as "uterine cancer," diagnosis and treatment is specific to each woman and the exact location of her cancer.
Uterine sarcoma is a rare cancer of the muscle and connective tissues of the uterus. The term "sarcoma" refers to cancers that start in tissue such as the muscle, fat, bone and fibrous tissue.
Symptoms of uterine cancer may vary, but the most common include:
- Unusual vaginal bleeding, spotting, or discharge
- Frequent, difficult, or painful urination
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Pain in the pelvic area
Cancer of the uterus usually occurs around the time menopause begins and is rare before that time. The occasional reappearance of bleeding after menopause should always be checked by a physician.