Major Symptoms of Cervical Cancer

Cervical CancerCervical cancer arises when unusual cells on the cervix grow out of control. It is usually caused by a virus called human papilloma virus, or HPV. You can get HPV if you have sexual contact with someone who is already affected by it.

You would also be more prone to get HPV and cervical cancer if you smoke excessively, have a weakened immune system, have been taking oral contraceptive pills for many years or having more children.

Cervical cancer can be treated successfully, if it is detected early. However, cervical cancer symptoms usually go unnoticed until the cancer reaches the advanced stage. Most women often pass these symptoms off as pre menstrual syndrome (or PMS) and ovulation pain. So, if you experience any of the symptoms mentioned below, do consult a physician to check if it is cervical cancer.

Main Symptoms of Cervical Cancer

Abnormal Bleeding

In most cases, unusual vaginal bleeding is the first symptom of cervical cancer. Bleeding at any time other than your expected monthly menses is considered as abnormal.

This includes bleeding after menopause, between regular menstrual periods, or after sexual intercourse, douching, or during a pelvic exam. A healthy cervix may have a very small amount of bleeding.

Abnormal Bleeding

This is due to the irritation caused to the cervix during these activities. But if you have cervical cancer, you are bound to bleed profusely.

Pelvic Pain

Pain in the pelvic that is not related to your normal menstruation cycle can be considered as a symptom for cervical cancer. The pain may be a dull ache or a sharp searing pain that can last for hours.

Unusual Heavy Discharge

A greater than before discharge which is foul smelling, thick or watery or contains mucus can also be seen as a sign of cervical cancer. However, this symptom varies from woman to woman.

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Urination Issues

Bladder pain or pain during urination points towards advanced cervical cancer, wherein the cancer has reached the bladder. Blood in your urine, the loss of bladder control and changes in your bowel and bladder habits, suggest that your cancer has spread out of the cervix and reached the surrounding tissues and organs.

Constipation And Feeling of Tiredness

Symptoms such as constipation, bone pain, swelling in the legs, loss of appetite, drastic weight loss, lack of energy or a feeling of tiredness, all point towards advanced cervical cancer.

Swelling of Kidneys And Severe Back Pain

The swelling of one or both kidneys due to a build- up of urine, and thus causing severe back pains also suggests that your cervical cancer has spread.

Swelling kidney

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Once again, do keep in mind that these symptoms for cervical cancer are also the symptoms of many other diseases. If you are experiencing any of these cervical cancer symptoms, please consult a doctor as soon as possible. Your physician will most likely do a pelvic exam and may suggest you to undergo further tests. Depending on whether you have cervical cancer and at what stage it is, you may have one or more treatments. The treatments include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.

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