One of the most fatal gynecological cancer types is cervical cancer. This type of cancer has a high rate of successful treatment, of course, if it has been detected in an early phase. The human papilloma virus (HPV) is the most common cause of cervical cancer, a virus that is highly contagious, due to the fact that it is sexually transmitted and comes in more than hundred types. Some of these types contribute to the development of cervical cancer. Maintaining a strong immune system will help you get rid of HPV. However, if one does not have a strong immune system, it may stimulate abnormal cell growth resulting in cervical malignancy.
7 SIGNS OF CERVICAL CANCER
Even though this type of cancer does not have some obvious symptoms like breast cancer does, it can still be detected early if one knows what signs to look for.
If you have any of the following symptoms, visit a gynecologist right away.
1. Unusual discharge
The unusual discharge is one of the commonest symptoms of cervical cancer as once the cancer begins growing inside the cervix, the cells of the uterine lining begin secreting watery discharge.
According to Rosa Maria Leme, a gynecologist, the appearance of small warts (external or internal) is a red flag for some diseases, including HPV, which greatly raises the chances of cervical cancer in women.
3. Pain or bleeding
If you start feeling discomfort in the pelvic area or you notice bleeding, it may be a sign of cervical cancer, meaning that the walls of the cervix are dry or even cracked due to the abnormal cell growth. Sometimes, especially in the more advanced stages, rectal or bladder bleeding may appear. If you bleed beyond the menstrual period, you need to get an immediate medical help or consultation.
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