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Could pelvic burning be a sign of cancer?

Asked by Robin, Luthersville, Georgia

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Could a burning pain in your pelvic area be a sign of uterine cancer?

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Conditions Expert Dr. Otis Brawley Chief Medical Officer,
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Burning in the pelvis could be a symptom of uterine cancer but it is unlikely the reason for burning in the pelvis. It depends on where in the pelvis and when the burning occurs. I wonder if the burning is deep inside versus on the exterior genital area. I wonder if the burning is continuous versus occasional. Burning sensations can be associated with a number of infections. Most commonly would be a vaginal yeast infection, but also common is burning due to bacterial bladder or vaginal infections. Some skin blistering associated with cold viruses or more serious viruses such as herpes can cause bleeding in the genitalia. Since you mention the uterus, I wonder about the presence of IUD's or even ovarian cysts and endometriosis.

Uterine cancer is rare in women under the age of 50 and most commonly presents in postmenopausal women with unexplained vaginal bleeding.

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