Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that occurs in the cervix, the part which connects the lower part of a woman’s uterus to her vagina. Thanks to the Pap smear, doctors are able to find precancerous changes in a woman’s cervix an treat them, and because of this, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS), the mortality rate has declined by 50 percent within the last 40 years.
We share some of the early and subtle signs of cervical cancer:
- Abnormal bleeding: Unusual bleeding is a sign of cervical cancer, say experts. This could include fleeing after intercourse or between periods.
- Unusual discharge: Many women suffer from discharge, but when it is a little strange, cloudy and foul-smelling, it’s time to see a doctor.
- Pelvic pin: Medical professionals say along with bleeding can come pelvic pain — which is stated as ‘one of the biggies’ when it comes to symptoms. It could be dull or sharp, but you should let your doctor know.
- Fatigue: If you’re suddenly feeling sluggish or fatigued you should have a check-up, say experts. This could be a sign of cervical cancer.
- Changes to bowel movements: Seeing blood in your stools, or suddenly having the urge to urinate could be a sign to get checked up.
- Dropping weight for no reason: While we are all trying to shed some kilos at times, sen weight loss should be taken seriously.
Did You Know?
HPV can also cause other cancers in women and men, such as:
- Vaginal cancer
- Penile cancer
- Anal cancer
- Rectal cancer
- Throat cancer