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Do not ignore post-menopausal bleeding: doctor

ACT EARLY:A gynecologist said the survival rate for people with endometrial cancer is about 90 percent if they receive treatment in the disease’s early stages

By Hsieh Chieh-yu and Chen Wei-han  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

A doctor has urged women to seek medical help if they experience post-menopausal vaginal bleeding, as it can be a sign of a serious disorder, citing a case of a Nantou County woman who was diagnosed with endometrial cancer after experiencing the symptom.

The woman, surnamed Wang (王), is about 60 years of age and said she had experienced vaginal bleeding for months, but had stopped menstruating five years ago.

A friend of hers had joked that post-menopausal bleeding was a sign of rejuvenation, leading Wang to believe that she was growing younger, she said.

She went to hospital as her condition worsened, saying that the bleeding had become irregular and frequent, at three to four times a month, unlike menstrual bleeding, which occurs once a month.

Nantou Hospital obstetrician and gynecologist Kao Hui-feng (高惠芬) said medical examinations found that Wang’s endometrium — the lining of the womb — had enlarged to 2cm in width, which was 1.5cm thicker than is usual in women after menopause.

A hysteroscopy and an endometrial biopsy were immediately performed, with results indicating that Wang had stage one endometrial cancer, Kao said, adding that Wang is now receiving treatment for the condition.

Vaginal bleeding or spotting is not normal in post-menopausal women who have not experienced a period for more than a year, and patients with such symptoms should immediately see a doctor, Kao said.

The survival rate for endometrial cancer sufferers is about 90 percent if they receive treatment in the early stages of the disease, she said.

She called for women to undergo annual medical checkups — including breast cancer screening, cervical screening and pelvic ultrasounds — to diagnose potential diseases as early as possible.

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