Like most cancers, cervical cancer has no pain or any other symptoms in the early stages. The first symptoms are likely to include: a bloody or watery vaginal discharge. Vaginal bleeding after intercourse, between menstrual periods, or after menopause; periods may be heavier and last longer than normal.
If the cancer has spread the symptoms may include:
Blood in your urine, diarrhoea, or pain or bleeding from the rectum upon defection, loss of weight, appetite and tiredness and the general feeling of being ill, difficult and painful urination and possible kidney failure. Swelling in the legs or dull backaches,
The neck of a woman’s womb is called a cervix. In some women, healthy cells enter an abnormal phase called dysphasia; however these cells are not cancerous, they can become so. When dysplastic cells turn Poisonous some may invade the lining of the cervix itself, then it can spread to nearby tissue, and enter the bloodstream or lymphatic system.
It often takes many years for dysplasia to become carcinoma. Because of this long time factor, and also because of the Pap smear, cervical cancer is becoming less threatening. When caught early, it is curable..
In many of the cases involving cervical cancer is linked to a sexually transmitted viral infection, such as genital herpes and some strands of the human papilloma virus (HPV) this often causes genital warts most women who has a sexually transmitted viral infection does not always develop cervical cancer, but there are women that get cancer even though they never had such an infection women that are more at risk are the ones who have sexual intercourse before the age of 18, and has many sexual partners, have had full-term pregnancies or if they have a history of sexually transmitted disease. Cervical cancer can also be genetic Cervical cancer is also more common among women who smoke. Also at risk are women who are obese or who use birth-control pills, and if they have a weaker immune system caused by other diseases, organ transplants, treatments are more vulnerable to cervical cancer. Every woman should have an annual Pap smear, which tests a cervical cell sample for abnormalities. This screening test can usually detect abnormal cells 95 percent of the time, often long before the disease produces symptoms.
If your Pap smear is abnormal your doctor will advise you on the next steps and may also refer you to a specialist for treatments.
You should have a pelvic exam and pap smear yearly if you’re are over 18 or under 18 especially if you are sexually active. Some contraception pills may be less of a risk then other so ask your doctor about the benefits of different types of pill’s.
When to seek further professional advice
If you have abnormal bleeding, discharge or any other symptom last more than two weeks without a explanation contact your doctor.
There are some evidence implies that folic acid and beta carotene help destroys precancerous and cancerous conditions of the cervix. Supplements of vitamin B6 may be beneficial to patients with these conditions. Ask your doctor about other dietary programs that may help.
a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy can cure most cases of cervical cancer, if you have genital warts and mild dysphasia you should be carefully monitored for signs of cancer, but normally do not require immediate treatment. Remember to have a pap smear every 6 months to ensure the condition does not worsens normally severe dysphasia and mildly invasive cancers are treated surgically.
It the cancer has spread to deep into the cervix or to organs close by, a hysterectomy is vital radiation therapy and perhaps chemotherapy will be used if the cancer has spread further then the pelvic area, this will suppress the spread but hardly result in a cure.
If you have had cervical cancer or severe dysphasia it is important to have regular check ups.
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