How To Know If You Have Cervical Cancer?
At the early stages of cervical cancer and pre-cancers, there are no noticeable cervical cancer symptoms until it grows and metastasizes into the nearby tissues. In some occasions, the cause of the symptom may be another infection rather than cervical cancer. However, if you have any of the following signs and symptoms; seek immediate medical attention to help address the situation. (1)
Unexplained Vaginal Discharge
Vaginal discharge can be as a result of bacterial vaginosis, yeast infection or menopause symptoms. But if the release is somewhat unusual, it is best to consult a doctor. Smelly (foul) vaginal discharge that becomes more common, thick, blood-stained, watery or brownish could be a sign of cervical cancer.
Abnormal Or Unexplained Vaginal Bleeding
Unexplained vaginal bleeding between periods, after menopause or after sexual intercourse are common symptoms of cervical cancer. Although this could happen as a result of other medical conditions, it is still advisable to seek medical attention. (2)
Pelvic Pain Or Pain During Sexual Intercourse
Discomfort during sexual intercourse could be a consequence of cervical cancer. However, this symptom can be considered usual, but it can become alarming if one is experiencing multiple symptoms at the same time. These discomforts can be a late onset symptom of cervical cancer and could be an indication that cancer has metastasized throughout the reproductive organs and tissues.
Heavier And Longer Menstrual Periods
Unexplained heavier menstrual flow can be a sign of cervical cancer, and can eventually lead to irritation of the cervix. (3)
Discomfort During Urination
Experiencing pain during urination can be an indicator of cervical cancer. This symptom happens when the cancer has spread to the bladder. However, this can also be a sign of a urinary tract infection which is less severe than cervical cancer. Though, in a situation where there are blood stains in the urine, there is a greater risk that someone has contracted cervical cancer.
This is one of the common symptoms of cervical cancer. This pain occurs, especially in the back, leg, and pelvis. People with cervical cancer often experience swelling of the feet due to the obstruction of blood flow caused by the cancerous cells. Eventually, this can hinder movements because the pain prolongs as time goes on.
The body’s immune system tries to fight off the cancer cells. The body then becomes fatigued as a result of various biological processes that are taking place. Constant fatigue could be a sign of cervical cancer especially if experienced alongside other symptoms.
Unexplained Weight Loss
When our body is fighting diseases, it produces a fast-breaking protein which scientists call cytokines. These proteins break down fats at a much higher speed than the standard rate leading to weight loss.
If you notice any of these signs and cervical cancer symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention from a doctor even if the symptoms appear to be less severe. The earlier the cancerous cells are found and suppressed from metastasizing the higher the chances of survival.