Cervix or cervical cancer can be deadly for women. While statistics about this cancer is frightening, cervical cancer can be prevented, and, if caught early,treated.
Cervical cancer is most commonly caused by the human papillomavirusor HPV, which is highly contagious. This virus is an STI (sexually transmitted infection) and comes in many types, but only some cause cervical cancer. An HPV could cause abnormal cell growth that may lead to cervical cancer infection or might go away on its own.
The signs for cervical cancer may perhaps not be as recognizableor noticeable as breast cancer, but there are methods to notice the signs.
If you noticesome, contact a gynecologist immediately:
- Unusual discharge
The cells of the uterine wall begin to rid, which produces a watery discharge, when the cancer begins to grow inside the cervix.
“The appearance of small warts (externally or internally) serve as a red flag…diseases such as HPV, which can greatly increases the chances of cervical cancer in women.” assumedgynecologist Rosa Maria Leme.
- Pain or bleeding
Cervical cancer grows on the walls of the cervix which can dry out and even crack, causing uneasiness and bleeding. There may also be bladder orrectalbleeding. Any bleeding, outside your menstrual period, should be investigated.
You may have symptoms of anemia,if you feel fatiguedand your eating habits have not changed, or if your heart speeds up after normal exertion. Anemia can be affected by abnormal bleeding, which often accompanies cervical cancer.
- Urinary problems
The bladder and kidneys may be compressed, as the cervix swells, obstructing the passage of urine. As a result, you may not be able to completely empty your bladder, causing pain and/or an urinary tract infection.
- Continuous pain in the legs, hips or back
Also, the swelling cervix compresses internal organs. Blood vessels may also be compressed, making it problematic for blood to reach the legsandpelvis, causing swelling and pain in the anklesandlegs.
- Weight loss
Most forms of cancers decrease or even suppress appetite. Decreased appetite and weight lossis caused by the swelling of the cervix, which can compress the stomach.
Please note that these symptoms do not necessarily signify cervical cancer. Only a doctor can make a diagnosis. There are risk factors for developing HPV, and can be contracted by both men and women.
The best-known risk factors for cervical cancer are
- Smoking or breathing in second-hand smoke
- Having low immunity
- Having unprotected sex
- Having multiple sexual partners
Because an STI is the most common reason of cervical cancer, it is good to be aware of the signs and symptoms of HPV. Also, preventative exams like a pap smear can help detect cervical cancer pretty early. Those preventive exams (like a pap smear) should be yearly.