Cervical cancer is the third most common form of cancer in women, behind breast cancer and colon cancer. Make an appointment with your doctor from the first symptoms.
The main causes of cervical cancer
Infection with a human papillomavirus (HPV) virus is the leading cause of cervical cancer. HPV is a very often sexually transmitted virus. Different subtypes can cause lesions that can become precancerous and of which the severity increases over time. HPV infections are responsible for 70% of cervical cancer cases worldwide and other factors appear to promote cervical cancer:
– had multiple pregnancies,
– to smoke,
– certain infections (Chlamydia).
– long-term use of hormonal contraceptives in the form of a pill, implant, patch or hormonal IUD. The risk of developing cervical cancer increases with the duration of oral contraceptive therapy. This risk decreases when the contraceptive pill is stopped for almost 10 years after stopping treatment.
The 7 most important symptoms of cervical cancer
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding
One of the most common symptoms of cervical cancer is vaginal bleeding, either between periods of menstruation, spontaneously or after sexual intercourse. Abnormal vaginal bleeding is usually a symptom of advanced cervical cancer, because it means that a tumor in the cervix spreads and affects nearby tissues.
- Periods of abnormal menstruation
The period of period that lasts two weeks instead of four days, or occurs twice a month.
Do not worry if it happens, but if the changes in your cycle last at least two cycles, you should be alarmed.
- Unusual vaginal discharge
Vaginal discharge is very normal, but the type of loss can be an indicator of a number of vaginal health problems. In cases of cervical cancer you may notice pink, brown or bloody nauseating losses, possibly with mucus lumps.
- Pelvic pain, back or legs
Pelvic pain can be an indicator of change: advanced cervical cancer can spread to the bladder, intestines, lungs or liver. You can feel pain in your back or legs. But this is usually associated with very sophisticated cases.
- Great fatigue
Most symptoms of cervical cancer often only occur at an advanced stage. Fatigue is definitely one of the most diffuse symptoms. But this is one of the most important symptoms that needs your attention. This type of cancer can actually reduce the amount of red blood cells and oxygen in the body, making you feel completely exhausted all the time, usually without any other explanation.
- You always feel nauseous
A persistent feeling of nausea or indigestion can be a sign of cervical cancer. When advanced, cervical cancer can cause swelling of the cervix and push it into the abdominal cavity, compressing the gastrointestinal tract and the stomach.
- Abnormal weight loss
The same factors that can cause nausea can also lead to unintentional weight loss. A compressed stomach can not hold much food. Moreover, if you are constantly feeling sick, you probably do not even want to eat. If you lose up to six or ten percent of your body weight in six months, please contact your doctor.