“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”- this famous and old saying suits the best when it comes to spreading the much-needed awareness of cancer, especially for cervical cancer. After breast cancer, it ranks high on the list of cancers which is prevalent in women.
Cervical cancer is one of the most silent as well as dangerous cancer encountered by the women. Most of the cases of cervical cancer are observed in the women aging between 40-55 years. There are usually negligible signs and symptoms of cervical cancer in its early stages. This is because of the “common” symptoms that just mimic to the other ailments.
Although the cervical cancer signs of symptoms usually appear in its advanced stages, it is always recommendable not to ignore the symptoms which are related and visit the gynea as soon as possible.
Here are some of the common symptoms of cervical cancer which should not be avoided if prolonged:
Abnormal vaginal bleeding is the most common symptoms of cervical cancer. Whether it is during the periods, physical intercourse or after the menopause. Generally, it is the symptom that appears during the advanced stages.
Excess Menstrual Bleeding
Heavy menstrual bleeding that lasts longer than the normal periods is a major concern. If there are any unusual changes in the cycle, the one should probably seek without any further delay.
Pelvic or Back Pain
Pelvic pain acts as an indicator whenever there are any changes in the cervix, however, the advanced cervical cancer can also spread to other body parts like bladder, intestine, liver or lungs. As cancer spreads, the individual might experience back pain or leg pain.
Fatigue is the most common symptoms when it comes to cancer and can be observed for all the types of cancers. The other major symptoms such as vaginal bleeding or heavy menstrual bleeding, the amount of RBC can decrease due to which one can feel utterly exhausted most of the time.
Nausea and Vomiting
A persistent feeling of nausea or an urge to vomit due to indigestion can be a sign of cervical cancer. In the advanced stage, this type of cancer might cause the cervix to swell into the abdominal cavity as a result compressing the gastrointestinal tract and stomach.
Sudden Weight Loss
Sudden weight loss is one of the most common signs of cancer even of cervical cancer. Feeling nauseated continuously can lead to weight loss and if it continues for longer then one should consult a primary care doctor at earliest.