Cancers of the reproductive organs are the most silent killers that take away the lives of thousands of women worldwide. The most common forms of gynaecological cancers are cervical and ovarian cancers. In the United States, around 4000 women die of cervical cancer and more than 12,000 die of ovarian cancer. Considering the huge numbers, women have to be extremely careful about their bodily changes and have to keep track of even minor changes that are not normal.
Both cervical and ovarian cancers have no symptoms in the initial stages or symptoms that are most often confused with other disorders. When things get out of hand, women develop symptoms that create a lot of distress. At this stage, nothing can probably help. Discussed below are a few signs and symptoms to keep track on and get early treatment for cervical and ovarian cancers.
1. Unusual Vaginal Discharge
Most women have vaginal discharge of varying degrees all throughout their life. But when you have cervical or ovarian cancer, the vaginal discharge will be very heavy with unusual symptoms like a foul smell or change in colour. The discharge can also be watery or bloody depending on the stage of cancer you are in. They could appear to be more pronounced in women who are in their pre menopausal stage and also after you have had a sexual intercourse.
2. Unusual Bleeding
Bleeding that is normal is the bleeding that occurs during menstruation. Bleeding associated with cervical or ovarian cancer can surface at all odd times. It can be after an intercourse, before menstruation or in between menstruation. It can even be after menopause when women tend to take it more seriously as it is quite obvious. The bleeding will be heavy and will not stop with natural remedies and other medications.
Bloating or an uncomfortable feeling in the abdomen is anther symptom that can be associated with ovarian or cervical cancer. Bloating can in fact occur due to a variety of reasons like indigestion, intake of food that produces gas, gastric problems, infections of the stomach etc. Sometimes excess intake of salt as well as calories too can lead to bloating. Therefore if you experience continuous bloating, it is important to get it checked to rule out ovarian or cervical cancer.
4. Vaginal Pain
Pain at the time of intercourse can occur due to irritation and injury in the cervix, bladder infections or cysts present in the ovaries.Therefore,this is not a sure cut symptom that can be used to detect ovarian or cervical cancer. However, if the pain is consistent, followed by symptoms like abnormal bleeding, vaginal discharge with strong smell and bloody or watery, abdominal pain etc.,then you must definitely take note and report to a doctor.
5. Other Symptoms
Other symptoms associated with cervical or ovarian cancer and generally in all cancers are inexplicable fatigue, weight loss or sudden weight gain without any reason, loss of appetite and a feeling of fullness in the stomach even if you have not had much.