Cervical cancer is a serious women’s health issue, and many women may not experience any signs or symptoms until they are diagnosed. For many women who have early-stage cervical cancer, the symptoms begin to appear. For those with more advanced cancer, these symptoms can increase in frequency and severity depending on where cancer has spread. If you think you may have cervical cancer, it’s important to know the many symptoms associated with this disease.
Symptoms to be Aware Of
While not all of these symptoms are a direct indication of cervical cancer, it’s still important that you are aware of them. Keep in mind that not all symptoms are serious, and they could be an indication of something much less severe such as an infection or mild illness. In any event, you should understand the signs and symptoms of cervical cancer, and talk to your doctor as soon as possible if they continue or last for an extended period of time. These symptoms may include:
- You notice light bleeding or see spots of blood between your periods, or directly after your period has ended
- Your menstrual bleeding lasts much longer and is much heavier than what it usually is
- You bleed after intercourse, after a pelvic exam, or after douching.
- A noticeable increase in vaginal discharge
- You feel unusual pain during or directly after sexual intercourse
- You are bleeding after menopause and after your periods have stopped
- You’re suddenly experiencing persistent and unexplained pelvic or back pain that does not subside
What You Can Do
If you experience some or all of the symptoms listed above, see your doctor as soon as possible. They can help rule out any possibility of cervical cancer or other forms of cancer. The sooner precancerous cells are found, the better you can be treated or even cured. If you notice any unusual changes in your period or experience unusual pain in the back or pelvic area, see your doctor as soon as you can. It’s always best to have these problems addressed in a timely manner so that your physician can help determine what is causing it and make a correct diagnosis.
If you have been diagnosed with cervical cancer, your doctor will then recommend the best course of treatment. This should include things like pain management, medications, or chemotherapy. Always document any changes in your symptoms, as well as any new symptoms you experience so you can inform your doctor of these changes.
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