Cervical Adenocarcinoma accounts for about 20 percent of all cervical cancers. Cervical cancer that is commonly found surfaces when there is an abnormality in the squamous cells that line the bottom of the cervix.
In the case of Cervical Adenocarcinoma, it is the glands which are located inside the endocervical region that causes the cancer. All women must understand that all types of cervical cancer can be almost completely cured with early detection and treatment.
The reasons to be proactive by undergoing regular checkups and keeping an eye open become more prominent here. Let’s discuss the signs and symptoms associated with adenocarcinoma.
Cervical adenocarcinoma is normally detected in women who are past middle age. However, cases have been reported during adolescence as well. No woman is entirely risk free from cervical adenocarcinoma as the cause is still not known. However, adenocarcinomas are mostly caused due to Human Papilloma Virus which is transmitted sexually. Presence of HPV does not always mean that you have to get cervical cancer as well.
Symptoms Of Cervical Adenocarcinoma
Common symptoms of Cervical Adenocarcinoma are pain in the pelvic region and severe vaginal bleeding. The vaginal discharge will also have a strong and unpleasant smell. Pain at the time of intercourse is another symptom that can be due to Cervical Adenocarcinoma. But the fact remains that these symptoms can also be due to other reasons like an infection in the cervix. But getting a Pap smear done will not hurt in such cases as early detection of cervical cancer can be facilitated through this test.
For some women with Cervical Adenocarcinoma, there could be a total absence of symptoms and only a regular Pap smear can save your life in such cases. A Pap smear can detect the presence of cancer in most cases. Once the Pap smear comes out with a positive result, more tests will have to be undertaken.
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Diagnosis And Treatment
If the Pap smear shows suspicious cell development that could be Cervical Adenocarcinoma, a colposcopy can be done to check for the growth and the extent of damage inside the cervix. This magnifying device has a light as well which enables a clear inside view for the doctor. Cervical Adenocarcinoma is abnormal growths inside the cervix and can be easily picked up by a colposcope unless they are too small or too high inside the endocervix.
Doctor may suggest hysterectomy if the growth is big wherein the cervix, uterus and a part of the upper vagina and fallopian tubes are removed from the body. This will be followed by radiation treatment and chemotherapy. Pain relievers will be administered to control the pain due to cancer and treatment methods like chemotherapy and surgery.
For a young woman, the emotional scar and the shocking news that she will not be able to conceive again could come as a big blow. She might require psychological counselling and assistance through medications and family support. Before these procedures, your options of preserving fertility can be explored with your doctor and there are many wonderful infertility treatments available today.