Many of the symptoms and signs caused by cancer in the uterus mimic other related conditions. Uterine cancer is only one of the many conditions that are caused by abnormal, rapid division of cells in the uterus.
These are three benign conditions that can be caused by uncontrolled division of cells, but are not cancer:
- Fibroid tumors – Found in the uterine muscle, they do not develop into cancer. Surgery may be necessary to treat large tumors, but many tumors can be left untreated.
- Endometriosis – Common among women in their 30s and 40s who have not had children, endometriosis is a benign condition where tissue that looks like endometrial tissue grows in unusual places, like the surface of ovaries or the outside of the uterus.
- Hyperplasia – This condition involves an increase in the number of normal cells lining the uterus. While it is not cancer, it can become cancerous in some cases.
The only way to know if your symptoms indicate uterine cancer or a related condition is to speak with your doctor and schedule diagnostic screening and tests.