Leiomyosarcoma (LMS) is a cancer that starts in smooth muscles that line organs like your stomach, bladder, and intestines. The characteristic of smooth muscles is that you can't control them. For instance, you can't control your stomach muscles to decide whether to digest food.
The symptoms of leiomyosarcoma include:
- Bleeding from your vagina that's not from a menstrual period
- Discharge from your vagina
- Need to urinate more often than usual
- Poor diet
The exact causes of leiomyosarcoma are still unknown. People over 50 are more likely to get this type of cancer. If you have been exposed to certain chemicals like dioxins, vinyl chloride and weed killers, the possibilities of having leiomyosarcoma will increase.
Typical LMS is stubborn and its response to the treatment is not well enough. Patients who are diagnosed earlier will have a higher life expectancy. The life expectancy ranges from 50% in the three-year survival rate to 64% in the five-year survival rate.
If you notice any of these symptoms, make an appointment with your doctor. Get diagnosed and treated as early as possible can increase the survival rate.