Quantified: the risk of endometrial cancer with postmenopausal bleeding

Investigation remains essential

Patients can be reassured that among women investigated for postmenopausal bleeding, only 9% are later diagnosed with endometrial cancer, researchers say.

A systematic review of studies covering more than 40,000 women, including some 6000 with endometrial cancer, and 34,000 with post-menopausal bleeding found that postmenopausal bleeding occurred in 90% of those with the malignancy.

However, only 9% of women with postmenopausal bleeding were diagnosed with endometrial cancer, according to the pooled data from 129 studies.