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TMH Living Well: Spotting after menopause can mean endometrial cancer

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Wellness for Women Through the Years – Talk Series

Join Dr. Eileen Joyce, OB-GYN, in a series of discussions on women’s health throughout May 2016. No charge, no reservation needed. All talks start at 5:30 p.m. and are held at the Colorado Northwestern Community College library, 2801 W. Ninth St.

May 18

What to Expect with Menopause

May 25

Solutions to Infertility

Dr. Scott Ellis, gynecologist with The Memorial HospitalThe Memorial Hospital, has a low threshold for abnormal vaginal bleeding, especially if it occurs after menopause. While there are a few different causes for abnormal or unexpected bleeding, one is endometrial cancer. , has a low threshold for abnormal vaginal bleeding, especially if it occurs after menopause. While there are a few different causes for abnormal or unexpected bleeding, one is endometrial cancer.

The Memorial Hospital, has a low threshold for abnormal vaginal bleeding, especially if it occurs after menopause. While there are a few different causes for abnormal or unexpected bleeding, one is endometrial cancer.

Wellness for Women Through the Years – Talk Series

Join Dr. Eileen Joyce, OB-GYN, in a series of discussions on women’s health throughout May 2016. No charge, no reservation needed. All talks start at 5:30 p.m. and are held at the Colorado Northwestern Community College library, 2801 W. Ninth St.

May 18

What to Expect with Menopause

May 25

Solutions to Infertility

“Women sometimes have a tendency to underplay a change in vaginal bleeding. They think it’s normal menopause, or it’s infrequent, so they assume it’s nothing to worry about but sometimes we catch something serious,” Ellis said.

Bleeding after menopause — defined as a full 12 months without menstrual periods — is always concerning. While it might not be endometrial cancer, abnormal bleeding is the main symptom of this fairly common cancer.

“Endometrial cancer — cancer in the lining of the uterus — often lets you know it is there or developing by bleeding after menopause or bleeding between periods. It provides a “forgiveness phase,” allowing women to catch it early,” Ellis said.

This isn’t so true for some other female cancers, like cervical or ovarian, that don’t show obvious signs. Endometrial cancer is one of the more common gynecological cancers, and when caught early it’s highly treatable. Another symptom of endometrial cancer is abnormal discharge, with or without bleeding.

Ellis explains that abnormal bleeding can also be caused by polyps and fibroids, which are often non-cancerous or benign. According to the Mayo Clinic, uterine polyps most commonly occur in women during perimenopause or in menopause.

“It’s important to remove polyps. While they less commonly are cancerous, they certainly can be. It’s something I’ve seen recently,” he said. Fibroids and polyps can cause spotting and also pelvic pain.

Risk factors for endometrial cancer include aging, never giving birth, estrogen treatment, hormone therapy for breast cancer, infertility, late menopause, diabetes and high blood pressure. Another risk factor is colon cancer, particularly HNPCC—hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer.

“If you have a family history of colon cancer especially in a close relative like a mother, aunt or sister, be extra vigilant about abnormal bleeding,” Ellis said.

Gynecologists at TMH offer minimally invasive procedures to test endometrial tissue and remove fibroids and polyps. The hospital has recently purchased the MyoSure system—an advanced piece of equipment that allows for a more simple, easy solution. The hysteroscope is a thin device that’s like a telescope, transmitting images of your uterus on the screen so your doctor has a clear view during tissue sampling or surgery.

“We are excited to offer this leading-edge option,” Ellis said.

The average age of menopause is 51 years, with a common age range from 48 to 55. However, symptoms including hot flashes, night sweats and irregular periods can start much earlier. To learn more about menopause and what to expect, attend Dr. Eileen Joyce’s Wellness for Women talk this Wednesday.

“Any woman over age 40 that has irregular or abnormal bleeding needs to have an appointment to rule out endometrial cancer, even during menopause,” Ellis said.

This weekly article with tips on living well is sponsored by The Memorial Hospital at Craig – improving the quality of life for the communities we serve.This weekly article with tips on living well is sponsored by The Memorial Hospital at Craig – improving the quality of life for the communities we serve.This weekly article with tips on living well is sponsored by The Memorial Hospital at Craig – improving the quality of life for the communities we serve.


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