Early diagnosis is essential when you think of any form of cancer, as it increases the chance of survival. But some of the tumours are more dangerous than others if left untreated and cervical cancer is one among them. Recognising cervical cancer at the stage-1 in the earliest stage will have the highest chance of surviving. But getting diagnosed at stage 4 will have only a 5% chance of surviving for five years or longer. That’s the reason why it’s crucial to know what changes to look out for and get them tested ASAP.
Based on the survey conducted by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, nearly 3000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year in the UK.
What are the early signs you need to look?
Not every woman diagnosed with cervical cancer have symptoms; that’s the reason why it’s crucial to visit cervical screening.
Early signs can include:
- Abnormal bleeding: The most common and most initial sign of cervical cancer tends to be irregular bleeding which will be caused during or after sex, between periods and also post-menopause. This will occur when cancer cells grow on the tissue below the cervix. It is the alarming sign in postmenopausal women who no longer have periods. There is no age limit for developing cervical cancer.
- Discomfort or pain during sex: Pain during sex can be a sign of several different issues, but is cervical cancer. As this cancer often comes with no symptoms, pain during sex is one key indicator and a sign that the tumour is expanding to surrounding tissues.
- Unintended weight loss: Weight loss is not a good sign if it occurs apparently without any cause. An appetite loss and unexpected weight loss will be signs that the body isn’t working correctly.
- Lower back pain: It could be a sign that something wrong with your reproductive system. Persistent pain – just one-off twinges in the lower back, pelvis or appendix can be symptoms of cervical cancer.
- Unusual vaginal discharge: Discharge is common for everyone, but you need to know what is normal. If you notice that the colour, smell and texture has changed, then it is a sign that you need to visit our Private gynaecologist. When tissues lack oxygen, it can cause an infection which leads to strange-smelling discharge.
As the disease advances, it can result in:
- Increased need to pee
- Blood in pee
- Bleeding from the bottom
- Lower limb swelling
What to do if you undergo any of these symptoms?
If you recognise any of these symptoms, it’s good to visit your private gynaecologist immediately. It doesn’t matter if you have had a recent smear test or not – or if you are under 25 and have not been offered anyone yet. Though it’s rare cervical cancer can strike earlier. Though cervical cancer is rare and all of these symptoms are often caused by something other than cancer. But if you notice any symptoms, it is imperative to get checked by your consultant gynaecologist. Usually, women don’t have any symptoms early, and that’s why it’s so absolutely crucial that you go for a smear test.
Cervical Cancer common myths – busted
As there is a lot of misinformation about the disease out there and that’s putting loads of us at risk.
- HPV is rare: False
- Only promiscuous people get HPV: False
- Smear Tests are cervical cancer tests: False
- Smear tests will hurt: False
- Only young people will get Cervical cancer: False
- If you have the HPV vaccine, then you no need to go for a smear test: False
If you notice any of the above symptoms, it is better to visit your private gynaecologist to get treated in the early stage of cervical cancer.
Did you notice any of the symptoms? Then visit our private gynaecologist at UK, Mrs Sarah Hussain, the leading consultant gynaecologist having extensive experience in treating the women with cervical cancer. For more information, book an appointment now.