Is endometrial biopsy used to diagnose cancer?
Q: My 32 years old wife has recently undergone an endometrial biopsy because she had abnormal bleeding. After some ultrasound tests, the doctors told me that they have detected something in my wife’s uterus. My wife delivered our second baby last year and it was the case of central placenta praevia. What could be the possible reason for endometrial biopsy in this case? Several websites at the Internet say that, apart from other reasons, this method is also used to diagnose cancer. Is that so?
A:Do not worry; there can be several reasons for an abnormal bleeding like hyperplasia, molar growth, retained placenta, infection or malignancy. In a young lady, the benign causes are more likely, and treatment is simple with hormones, or medications for molar, or D&C depending on the cause found. Cancer is only one of the things we look out for, but cross the bridge when you come to it.