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    Menstruating for 26 days - is this a sign of cancer?

    I have been menstruating for 26 days now..I am 51 yrs old and before this I was period free for 5 months. My doc believed I was Menopausal, I have had an ultrasound and my Endometrium lining is 16mm thick. I am extremely worried about cancer.
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  • Dr Joseph Jabbour

    Gynaecologist, Gynaecologist - Infertility (IVF) Specialist, Obstetrician

    Dr Joseph Jabbour is a specialist Obstetrician & Gynaecologist and Fertility Specialist with Monash IVF situated in Sunnybank (Brisbane Southside). Dr Jabbour has had the … View Profile

    Your condition definitely warrants an urgent referral to a gynaecologist. The gynaecologist would take a full history, and do an appropriate pelvic examination and a pap smear. I would recommend endometrial sampling: This involves taking a biopsy of the endometrium to exclude hyperplasia (precancerous lesion) and cancer. This can occur in an office setting or in a hospital setting with a hysteroscope (a camera inserted into your uterus through the cervix to visualize the endometrium).

    You are menopausal if you have no periods for 12 months; but the fact that you are having a prolonged bleed with an Endometrial thickness of 16 mm is abnormal, especially in the setting of being period free for 5 months. 

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