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She Thought Her Irregular Bleeding Was A Sign Of Menopause. It Turned Out To Be A Precancerous Condition
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She Thought Her Irregular Bleeding Was A Sign Of Menopause. It Turned Out To Be A Precancerous Condition

51-year-old Dr. Jennifer Wargo urges women to see a doctor if they've already gone through menopause and they're spotting.

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Dr. Jennifer Wargo, who has a career in cancer research and treatment, suspected her irregular bleeding was just part of menopause. Dr. Wargo, the co-leader of the Melanoma Moon Shot, part of MD Anderson’s Program for Innovative Microbiome and Translational Research, initially didn't suspect that anything was wrong. The 51-year-old was perimenopausal and it was normal for women to sometimes experience some spotting or irregular periods as they transition into menopause.“I have been busy working, treating patients with cancer, doing research, and taking care of the kids and started to have symptoms,” she told TODAY. “I was like, ‘Maybe this is just normal menopause.’”

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But the bleeding did not stop. It went on for weeks: from three to six weeks. Things started to look worrisome when the bleeding got heavier and she was also passing clots. Dr. Wargo realized her overall health was being compromised after she took a run with her dog and realized she wasn't as fast and was getting tired a lot more easily. “I just had a sense that there was something wrong,” she said. But she questioned, “I had uterine bleeding. Do I really want to broadcast this?” The melanoma surgical oncologist continued, “I actually did because people need to know about this and because not only are people not aware about it — brushing this off as normal menopause and not getting treated — there’s also a lack of funding to study this.”

Disclaimer : This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.