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Bleeding after 20 years of menopause
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An_248332 posted:
Dear Mary Jane,

My mother is 62, and she stopped bleeding 20 years ago, but suddenly she is seeing blood these days. Her friends suggested her to get a check up and also warned her of possible Uterus Cancer, is that a possibility?

Worried daughter
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Mary Jane Minkin, MD responded:
Dear An_248332,
You are a lovely worried daughter, to be caring about your mom-that's excellent. Yes, you do want her to go see her health care provider, and she should have an ultrasound or a sampling of the lining of her uterus (so called endometrial biopsy)-to make sure that nothing is out of sorts in the lining of her uterus. She could have uterine cancer, but there are many other possibilities: polyps or hyperplasia (overgrowth of the lining, but not cancer) are certainly way up on the list. But she does need to see someone, and I know you'll take good care of her. The good news about uterine cancer is that it makes its presence known very early: by bleeding, so we usually diagnose it very early, and cure folks.
Good luck,
Mary Jane