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Cancer: Uterine Message Board

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I'll be 55 next month. I had bleeding and pain, and some pink discharge, so went to the doctor, who did a transvaginal ultrasound, and told me my uterine lining had enlarged to 21cm. Normal is 4 cm or less and anything over that needs to be evaluated. I got a second opinion and two more ultrasounds, both transvaginal and abdominal. They did not reveal any masses or polyps. My doctor wanted to do a D&C, hysteroscopy, and biopsy it then. He said an in office biopsy would not be accurate enough. I had it done yesterday and during the hysteroscopy (where he looked inside my uterus) found a very large polyp, which he removed. He is certain that is what was causing my lining to be so enlarged. I have to wait on pathology to know for sure, but my doctor feels confident it will be benign. He said the tissue and surrounding tissue is a healthy color and he did not see any areas of concern and none that looked cancerous. I am confident it is not cancer. I am glad I went to the doctor when I did. But all you ladies out there who have an enlarged uterus, just remember my situation and know that it does not always mean cancer. If it is cancer, then it's good to find out when it is in the earliest stage when it can be successfully treated.

Always get a second opinion if you're not comfortable with the first.
I had a very large polyp, and polyps are NOT the same thing as fibroid tumors. My biopsy came back good, I am so thankful! To answer your question, I, at times, felt pressure in my bladder. Since you are still having periods, it's possible that you could have fibroids that are causing the excessive bleeding. But any over growth in the uterine lining needs to be fully evaluated to rule out cancer so please make sure you go to a doctor who will rule it out. If an in-office biopsy is done, they only take one small area to test. A hysteroscopy needs to be done to look at the inside of the uterus and enough tissue taken for biopsy to make sure there is no cancer. Since you are still having your periods, it's not likely you'd have cancer
(it occurs mostly in post menopausal women) and the uterine lining may have just enlarged because of your period and if so, it should go back to normal size when your period is over. Thanks for writing! Don't worry about your situation but do go to a doctor who will fully evaluate you!! Blessings to you!

Sounds like you're on top of it! And that's great! I have two friends who have been diagnosed with uterine cancer. One in the earliest stage and the other in advanced stage. She ignored her symptoms for many months. I also have a 36 year old cousin who was diagnosed with breast cancer last year and she'd have never known it had her mother not insisted she have a mammogram. Her doctor didn't want her to have one until she turned 40 and said there was no need for one now. Was he ever wrong! She had to have a double mastectomy! So, in your case, I really don't think there is any need to worry BUT, you're a smart girl for requesting blood work or whatever else you need!! Let me know, please, after your checkup.
Many blessings!

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