Since diagnosing cancer at its early stages improves the success of treatments, but screening and tests for uterine cancer is not recommended when the patient doesn’t have symptoms. For patients with a higher risk of developing uterine cancer, Florida Hospital recommends learning the symptoms and speaking with your doctor.
These are some of the screening and tests for uterine cancer that doctors may use to detect cancerous tumors:
- Medical history information
- Physical exam
- Pelvic exam (includes examination of the uterus, vagina, ovaries, bladder and rectum)
- Ultrasound test to visualize the uterus
- Dilation and curettage (D&C) a minor procedure to take a tissue sample of the cervix and uterine lining
Once cancerous cells are found, these are the diagnostic screening and tests that may be used to diagnose the severity of the cancer:
- Blood tests
- Chest X-rays
- CT or CAT scans of surrounding organs
- Ultrasounds of surrounding organs
- Physical exams of different areas of the body
These tests help doctors diagnose and stage the cancer. Once the cancer is stages, doctors at Florida Hospital work with patients to determine the best treatment plan for their individual needs.