Cervical cancer is common in women.
The cervix is opening into the uterus that connects the uterus to the vagina.
Cervical cancer usually develops very slowly. Abnormal cells will begin to appear before cancer develops.
So it is better for women to have regular cervical smear tests for Pap tests.
Here are the warning signs of cervical cancer
1. Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding
The most obvious symptoms of cervical cancer are vaginal bleeding, which typically occurs after cancer has spread to nearby tissue.
It’s better to see your doctor if you experience bleeding after sexual intercourse, bleeding after menopause, bleeding, and spotting between periods.
2. Increased Vaginal Discharge
Vaginal discharge is perfectly normal. It helps the vaginal stay clean and free from infection.
But If you have unusual discharge mixed with blood, foul-smell and watery, pink or brown, it may be caused by cervical cancer or sexually transmitted infections.
Notwithstanding the cause, Any abnormal discharge should be looked at by a gynecologist as soon as possible.
3. Loss of Appetite or Unexplained Weight Loss
Sudden weight loss without dieting or activity should not be ignored in any way.
Several factors may cause this symptom.
In cervical cancer patients, it occurs due to lack of appetite and nutritional deficiencies.
Abnormal cell growth can have a negative influence on digestive health. Therefore, the body can no longer process the nutrients well.
If you are concerned about any changes you observe, please speak with your doctor.
4. Pain During Sexual Intercourse
Several factors cause pain during intercourse.
In the case of cervical cancer, the pain during sexual intercourse is because of tumor growth throughout the tissues.
These cause an inflammation that affects your natural lubrication.
5. Low Back, Pelvic or Appendix Pain
Cervical cancer has a significant impact on inflammatory processes in the body tissues.
At the same time, because of circulatory problems, the muscles and tissues no longer receive an adequate amount of oxygen and nutrients.
As a result, the muscles contract, causing constant pain in the low back, pelvic, or appendix.
Pelvic pain near the appendix doesn’t usually occur unless the cancer is in advanced stages.
It’s essential to see your doctor to rule out cervical cancer as well as other potential nerve causes.
6. Heavy Menstrual Bleeding That Is Longer Than Usual
If your period all of sudden last two weeks or you are having two periods in one month. And your periods are more massive than usual to the extent of soaking more than one tampon or pad per hour or two.
It’s a good approach to see a doctor.
Don’t panic, of course, but don’t put it off either.
Never ignore heavy bleeding, especially if it comes on suddenly or last two weeks.
How Can You Prevent Cervical Cancer
Getting vaccinated against HPV lowers your chances of developing cervical cancer. (2)
Go for Pap tests regularly to help make an early diagnosis. You get your first Pap test by the age of 21 and repeat every few years. (3)
Be very careful when engaging in sexual activities. Having fewer sexual partners or using a condom lower your risk of cervical cancer.
Pay attention to your diet, and be sure to get enough rest to reduce stress and fatigue.
If you spot any of these symptoms, you need to talk to your gynecologist. It is essential to speak of them even if they appear to be symptoms of other severe conditions. Be very clear while explaining the signs to your gynecologist.