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There are two main types of uterine cancer: endometrial and cervical. Endometrial cancer is a disease that affects the inner lining of the uterus, while cervical cancer affects the opening into the uterus from the vagina known as the cervix. Late diagnosis or mis-diagnosis of uterus or uterine cancer may be due to medical negligence and give rise to a personal injury compensation claim for damage and loss.

Endometrial Cancer

Endometrial cancer is not nearly as prevalent as cervical cancer, and some studies estimate a ratio of three to one. For the year 2000, it was estimated that cervical cancer was the second most common cause of cancer deaths in women who were between the ages of twenty and thirty nine, and it was the fifth most common cause of cancer deaths in women between the ages of forty and fifty nine years old.

As the general population continues to age, endometrium cancer is continuing to become more common. In fact, studies suggest that nearly half of all women who are postmenopausal and experience bleeding are diagnosed with the disease. The earliest symptom is vaginal bleeding that often requires the uterus to be removed to stop the problem. This form of cancer spreads slowly.

Cervical

Early cases of cervical cancer are somewhat unique, as they can be found as many as ten years or more before the cancer has a chance to spread and invade other areas of the body. This is because of visual changes that can be noted to the cells of the cervix when being examined under a microscope by means of a Papanicolaou (Pap) test. If the cells are abnormal, they are referred to as mild dysplasia. These results are then monitored for a period of five to ten years, and in some cases the abnormal cells may resolve without any need for treatment. In other cases, the cells may continue to change and develop into cancer that invades deeper tissues. At this time, the cancerous cells may spread to other areas in the body such as the lymph glands, throughout the pelvic region, and the endometrium.

Risk Factors

Even though all women can develop uterine cancer, there are certain risks that are associated with cervical cancer. These include sex that begins at an early age and having multiple sexual partners. Issues such as estrogen therapy, obesity, infertility and diabetes increase the chances of endometrial cancer. Other risks for uterine cancer include: a lack of sexual activity, never having children, menopause that occurs after age fifty nine, and endometrial hyperplasia.

There are also some women who have a family history of uterine cancer, which places them at an increased risk. Hormone replacement therapies, certain breast cancer drugs like tamoxifen, polycystic ovary syndrome, and Cowden syndrome are also risk factors. Women who take contraceptive medications are at a lower risk of developing uterine cancer.

Symptoms

The most common symptom of uterine cancer is vaginal bleeding, especially abnormal discharge or bleeding after menopause, bleeding between periods, and very heavy periods. There may also be some pain or discomfort during sexual intercourse, pain the legs, and pain in the abdomen. These symptoms are also common with other less serious conditions; therefore it is not uncommon for a misdiagnosis. If your regular practitioner does not suggest a consultation to a specialist when there is a suspicion of uterine cancer, you may have been the victim of medical negligence. Late diagnosis or mis-diagnosis of uterus or uterine cancer may be due to medical negligence and give rise to a personal injury compensation claim for damage and loss.

Not only should you seek the advice of a specialist, you should also undergo certain types of tests to complete a proper diagnosis. These tests should include a vaginal ultrasound, dilatation and curettage (also known as a D&C), biopsies, and hysteroscopy. Other tests such as CT scans, MRI scans, x-rays, and blood tests may also be helpful.

Uterus Cancer Medical Negligence Solicitors

Late diagnosis or mis-diagnosis of uterus or uterine cancer may be due to medical negligence and give rise to a personal injury compensation claim for damage and loss. Contact us today to find out how we can assist you with your medical negligence claim.


SOLICITORS HELPLINE: ☎ 0330 660 7005