Symptoms of Fallopian Tube
||What Are The Signs?
The average (mean) age of a woman who receives a fallopian tube cancer diagnosis is 56 years old, with most occurrences happening after this age. There also appears to be a higher occurrence in white postmenopause women compared to black women. The most common signs of the disease are vaginal discharge and abdominal pain. In fact the clinical symptoms are very similar to cancer of the ovaries but with fallopian tube cancer, patients are more likely to experience abdominal pain. This may be why they seek medical advice earlier and are diagnosed sooner than those who receive an ovarian cancer diagnosis. However as so many of the symptoms are non-specific, and could be caused by numerous conditions, a significant proportion of women may be initially misdiagnosed. In fact the disease may only be diagnosed after exploratory laparotomy.
What are my chances of surviving?
Women may experience all, some or none of the symptoms. Yet, it is important to remember that even if you do exhibit symptoms, it does not necessarily mean you have cancer.
Any abnormal bleeding should be investigated. That is, bleeding which occurs between periods or after menopause, as well as bleeding which occurs after vaginal douching or sexual intercourse. If you do experience abnormal bleeding, try not to automatically jump to the worst conclusions. Talk to your doctor who will perform a pelvic examination. Far more common causes of vaginal bleeding include:
Women who have spotting or bleeding after sex should be checked for cervical polyps and cancer, although it may be due to vaginal atrophy or cervicitis. Bleeding between periods (breakthrough bleeding) is usually only a harmless symptom of ovulation. It may however also be a sign of endometriosis, cervical cancer, miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. In postmenopausal women most doctors start by assuming that vaginal bleeding is caused by some gynecologic cancer. However there may be a much more benign cause such as side effects of estrogen replacement therapy (ERT), vaginal atrophy or a vaginal tear. ERT combined with progesterone taken daily can produce irregular bleeds for 3 to 6 months after starting treatment. Women who take a daily dosage of estrogen and then introduce progestin later in the month may also experience withdrawal bleeding when the progestin is stopped. Obese women often have more natural stores of estrogen and this can promote endometrial hyperplasia, a symptom of which is vaginal bleeding. It can be a precursor to endometrial cancer.
How Is It Treated?
|Related Articles on Fallopian Tube Cancer
For more details, see the following:
• Causes of fallopian tube cancer: Infections and inflammation.
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