The Signs and Symptoms of Cervical Cancer
- Cervical cancer is the second leading cause for deaths worldwide.
- Vaginal discharge with an unusual odour is a sign of cervical cancer.
- Severe constipation is a symptom of an advanced stage of cervical cancer.
- Women with these symptoms must visit the doctor at the earliest.
Cervical cancer refers to a condition of malignant neoplasm of the cells in the cervix uteri. This cancer form is the second leading type of cancer in women worldwide, second to breast cancer.
In this type of cancer, cells in the cervix uteri grow out of control and gradually spread to the rest of the body. All women are at risk for cervical cancer, but those over the age of 30 years are at a greater risk of succumbing to the disease.
Women with cervical cancer may have a long asymptomatic period before learning of the cancer form. It has to be noted that early stages of cervical cancer do not usually generate prominent symptoms. But, screening tests can identify cancerous cells in the cervix layers.
Some of the symptoms that women may experience in the later stages of cervical cancer are given below.
Vaginal bleeding is the most common and the first noticeable symptom of cervical cancer that is reported by patients. This is commonly experienced by women who have just had sex. It is important for women to note any unusual bleeding other than the expected monthly period. This also includes menopause when the bleeding would have stopped for the rest of one's life. Make sure that you visit the doctor the moment you observe an unusual acitivity like bleeding from the vagina.
Some other symptoms of cervical cancer include:
- discomfort and pain while having sex and
- vaginal discharge that has an unplesant smell.
Symptoms of Advanced Cervical Cancer
Symptoms that are common in wome with advanced cervical cancer include:
- blood in the urine, which is also referred to as haematuria
- swelling of one of the legs
- bone pain
- changes to bladder and bowel habits
- severe pain in the back or shide that is caused by swelling of the kidneys; related to a medical condition called hydronephrosis
- weight loss
- loss of appetite
- lack of energy and tiredness.
When should one seek Medical Help
It is important to note that women experiencing the above symptoms should at once seek medical help. It is not necessary that cancer cells will be detected, but it is always good to go for a screening test and get the condition diagnosed by the doctor. Women experiencing excessive vaginal bleeding might be in the advanced stages of cervical cancer where the cancerous cells might have broken into nearby blood vessels.
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Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Dec 21, 2013
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