Cervical cancer is one of the most fatal gynecological cancer types, as it has a high rate of successful treatment if detected in the early phases. The most common type of cervical cancer is HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) and it is highly contagious as it is sexually transmitted and it comes in more than a hundred variations. Some of these variations largely contribute to the development of cervical cancer, which is why a strong immune system is essential in order to prevent this from occurring.
While the cervical cancer doesn’t have obvious symptoms such as breast cancer, it can still be detected in its early stage if you detect some of the following signals that your body is sending you:
- Unusual discharge
One of the most common symptoms of cervical cancer is the unusual watery vaginal discharge.
A gynecologist by the name of Rosa Maria Leme has stated that the appearance of small warts is a red flag for some diseases such as cervical cancer and HPV.
- Pain or bleeding
If you are experiencing discomfort or bleeding in the pelvic area, then this might be a clear indicator of a cervical cancer, as the walls of the cervix are dry or even cracked as a result of an abnormal cell growth.
Anemia is a common sign of cervical cancer and it is often the result of excessive bleeding. In the case you’re feeling tired all the time despite having a good rest, and you notice that your heartbeat has increased, then you need to get tested for anemia as soon as possible.
- Urinary problems
Having problems urinating isn’t always an indicator for a serious condition, but it is worth noting that it is one of the symptoms of a cervical cancer. It is better to stay safe and get checked than regret it later.
- Continuous pain in the legs, hips or back
In the case of a swollen cervix, the effects will be felt on the internal organs as this puts pressure on the blood vessels and makes blood flow to the pelvis and legs harder, causing swelling and pain in the legs and ankles.
- Weight loss
People who suffer from any type of cancer experience a loss of appetite and weight, so if you’re suffering from a cervical cancer, chances are your weight will start dropping rapidly along you’re your appetite.
Down below is a list of things which increase the risk of catching an HPV infection:
- Having several sex partners
- Having unprotected sex
- Having a weak immune system
- Smoking or inhaling second hand smoke