Cervical cancer is a type of cancer which is caused by HPV (human papillomavirus) that is very contagious. The HPV is a sexually transmitted virus which has more than 100 variations. Some of the variations can cause cervical cancer, which is one of the deadliest types of gynecological cancer.
The HPV can disappear on its own if the immune system is strong enough to fight it, however it can sometimes cause abnormal cell growth which can turn into cervical malignancy.
7 SIGNS OF CERVICAL CANCER
Although cervical cancer does not produce obvious symptoms like breast cancer, it can still be detected early if you know what signs to look for.
Visit a gynecologist immediately in case you have any of the symptoms:
Unusual discharge is a common symptom of this type of cancer because once the cancer starts growing inside the cervix, the cells of the uterine lining start secreting watery discharge.
As gynecologist Rosa Maria Leme says: “The appearance of small warts (external or internal) serves as a red flag for some diseases such as HPV, which greatly increases the chances of cervical cancer in women.”
PAIN OR BLEEDING
Pelvic discomfort and bleeding are also typical signs of cervical cancer because the walls of the cervix dry out and even crack due to the abnormal cell growth. Rectal or bladder bleeding can also occur though in the more advanced stages. Any bleeding outside your menstrual period requires immediate medical attention.
Anemia often accompanies cervical cancer because it’s caused by excessive bleeding, another sign of this cancer. If your eating habits are the same, but you constantly feel tired, or your heartbeat increases even at the slightest effort, you should get examined for anemia and the reason behind it.
Difficulty urinating is another sign of cervical cancer that occurs as a result of swelling of the cervix, which presses the bladder and kidneys impeding the passage of urine. This results in inability to empty your bladder completely, pain while urinating and/or a urinary tract infection.