Posted on 09/27/2019 in Back Injury

5 Cervical Cancer Symptoms Every Woman Should Know

5 Cervical Cancer Symptoms Every Woman Should Know

Taking into account all the successes achieved in the fight against cervical cancer, you may think that you no longer need to worry about this disease. But a few decades ago, cervical cancer was one of the leading causes of death for women of reproductive age in the United States.

But with the evolution of the Pap test (a test that identifies abnormal cells in the cervix) cervical cancer became not as common. Pap tests have become a routine part of the gynecological exam, the mortality from cervical cancer has fallen by 50 percent. The determination of HPV or human papillomavirus as the cause of cervical cancer has also changed a lot. This virus causes approximately 99% of cervical cancer cases. The discovery of HPV made preventative measures such as testing and vaccines possible.

But even with these improvements, cervical cancer is still a lethal disease. That’s why you should perform regular tests for HPV and Pap and monitor the symptoms of cervical cancer, which are often difficult to detect. 

1. Changes in vaginal discharge

Your vaginal discharge can change due to your cycle. But you already know it’s color, amount and smell. Changes in vaginal odor and discharges that aren’t connected with a yeast infection or some other infection can be symptoms of cervical cancer.

If something influences the normal conditions of the cervix, it can result in a strange discharge. But not only the amount or smell can change, pay attention to their texture as well. These are not certain symptoms of cervical cancer, but it’s better to discuss it with your gynecologist and perform a cervix biopsy.

2. Your menstruation becomes longer and heavier

You may notice, that you are bleeding quite more during menstruation or just a bit more. You can also observe the elongation of your flow. One more signal is spotting that’s not during menstruation. All these symptoms may be the result of cervical cancer.

Cervical cancer destroys blood vessels and tissues, leaving them exposed. This can cause heavy bleeding. However, irregular bleeding is not a clear symptom of cancer. Cervical polyps, fibroids, and even pregnancy can cause exactly the same situation.

3. Pain during sex

A more advanced cervical cancer mass can affect the nerves that can cause pelvic pain during sexual intercourse or even during everyday activity. Therefore, if sex was pleasant before and now you suddenly feel discomfort (and this is not a problem with lubrication), notify your gynecologist. This is not a clear sign of cervical cancer (endometriosis and uterine fibroid can also lead to pain during sex), but this is the way your body is telling you that something is wrong.

4. You feel pain when urinating

You could face symptoms of a urinary tract infection during any period of your life. But if you feel these symptoms too often or they stay even after an antibiotic treatment, make an appointment with your gynecologist. This may indicate cervical cancer. This disease can hit the body tissues around the cervix. If it reaches your bladder, you may feel pain when urinating or a constant need to run to the toilet.

5. Swelling in the legs

You may think that leg swelling and cervical cancer can’t be connected. But women with advanced stages of cervical cancer almost always experience this symptom. This occurs when cervical cancer cells begin to press on the nerves or blood vessels in the pelvic area. It leads to an accumulation of fluid that may look like one swollen leg. This is not a common problem, but this is what you need to know.

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