Did you know that many recent studies have found that over the last century, an increasing percentage of women is developing cervical cancer? And that cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers that infect women above 40? However, like any other type of cancer, cervical cancer can be treated and prevented if detected early. To detect cervical cancer, you need to watch out for its signs, such as
1- Increase of vaginal secretion of fluids. It is to be expected that the vagina produces fluids to keep it lubricated to a certain degree. However, excessive increase in the secretion of vaginal fluids and that these fluids themselves have a foul odor is a worrying sign that might indicate cervical cancer.
2- Urinating becomes difficult and accompanied by pain. The feeling of difficulty or a burning sensation while you urinate can be an indicator of several health problems, one of which is cervical cancer. If it burns or stings while urinating, don’t wait long before going to a gynecologist.
3- Period becomes irregular. It is common for postmenopausal women and girls at the earliest years of puberty to have irregular period. However, if your periods are usually regular, but suddenly change in time, flow or duration, there might be a health problem that needs treatment. In worst case scenario, it might be cervical cancer.
4- Pain in the pelvic area. Women might feel a pain in the pelvic area due to many reasons, such as periods, first time sex or even cervical cancer. Pain in the pelvic area for no clear reason should make you visit your gynecologist.
5- Losing weight without a diet. One of the most common signs of cancer, any cancer, is losing weight. If you are eating like you usually do, but are losing weight along some of the other aforementioned symptoms, then this might possibly be the result of cervical cancer.
6- Back pain. Well, I am not going to say, rush to the doctor as soon as you notice back pain, since almost anything can cause back pain. However, a back pain with some of the previously mentioned signs is extremely concerning.
7- Sex becomes painful and uncomfortable. It is a clear sign actually. If you have cancerous cells growing where you have sex, then pain is to be expected.