Cervical cancer is a form of cancer that’s caused by HPV, or human papillomavirus, which is highly contagious.
The scary thing about cervical cancer is that unlike breast cancer, the signs aren’t quite as obvious. There have been some cases wherein the cancer has been diagnosed during the later stages of the disease, which is usually terminal.
That’s why knowing the signs to look for when it comes to cervical cancer is very important.
1. Strange or unusual discharge
Having an sudden and unusual vaginal discharge that doesn’t stop can be a sign of cervical cancer. The discharge can be pale, watery, pink, brown, bloody, or foul-smelling.
The appearance of small warts internally, or externally can also be a sign of cervical cancer, since warts are also a symptom of HPV, which can cause cervical cancer.
As the cancer develops, it can cause the uterine walls to dry out and crack, which causes a lot of discomfort, and bleeding. This also means that unusual bleeding outside of your period is another sign of cervical cancer.
Anemia, which can be caused by abnormal bleeding in your cervix, can be a sign of cervical cancer. Feelings of fatigue, sudden tiredness, or having a fast heart rate even after slight physical activity are also signs of anemia.
5. Frequent UTI
Urinary problems, such as UTI can also be a sign of cervical cancer. What happens is that as the cervix swells, the kidneys and bladders become compressed, obstructing the flow of urine. This in turn can cuse urinary problems.
6. Pain in the legs, hips, or back
As the cancer develops, it can compress internal organs, causing pain in the legs, hips, or back. It can also compress the blood vessels, causing swelling and pain in the legs and ankles.
7. Sudden weight loss
A lot of cancers suppress appetite, and cervical cancer is no exception. The enlarged cervix can compress the stomach, causing a loss of appetite, and a sudden weight loss.
It’s important to note that while these can be signs of cervical cancer, only a doctor can make the diagnosis. So it’s always best to consult your doctor should you feel that there’s something wrong with your body.
Source: familyshare.com, medlineplus.gov
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