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Cervical Cancer Symptoms

The cervix is the part of female reproductive system. It is the lower part of the uterus or womb that connects the upper vagina to the uterus. Cervical cancer is malignant cancer of cervix in which the linings and the cells of cervix become cancerous.

Symptoms of cervical cancer differ from woman to woman. Initially, the woman may not have any symptoms. As the cancer progresses into more advanced stages, symptoms begin to appear. Here are few symptoms of cervical cancer:

  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding: This is the most common symptom of cervical cancer. Abnormality can be like bleeding after sex or bleeding after douching. It can be heavy periods, heavy spotting between periods, or an additional period during the monthly cycle. It can also be any heavy, sudden onset of vaginal bleeding.
  • Pelvic pain: It can be persistent pelvic pain or pain during menstruation.
  • Pain during sexual intercourse or vaginal intercourse
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Leaking of urine or faeces from the vagina

Non-specific symptoms include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Back pain
  • Leg pain
  • Single swollen leg
  • Bone fractures

Symptoms in the early stages of this cancer can be completely asymptomatic. In medical terms, a disease is called so if a patient carries the disease but experiences no symptoms. It is also known by the term clinically silent. These diseases show no apparent signs initially with they are associated generally. Awareness about this particular nature of a disease is important because:

  • The disease may develop symptoms in future. Knowledge of this fact can equip the patient to be watchful or initiate early treatment. For example a peron suffering from asymptomatic hypothyroidism is vulnerable to Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome or beri-beri too.
  • Reassurance can be obtained from the doctor that the disease can be handled properly from the very onset
  • Some times a person can start taking treatment for the associated complication of an asymptomatic disease and avoid clinical problems later.

Advanced Cervical Cancer Symptoms:

Metastases is the technical name given to spread of cancer to remote parts of the body. It is after the commencement of this process that symptoms of most of the cancer types become apparent. The disease unfortunately by this stage remains curable no more. It can only be treated to delay the inevitable death of the patient. When cervical cancer spreads to organs like the abdomen, lungs and other parts of the body, it is said to be in advanced stage. Signs of the disease at this stage are:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Pelvic pain
  • Fatigue
  • Single swollen leg
  • Back pain
  • Leg pain
  • Heavy bleeding from the vagina
  • Bone fractures
  • Leaking of urine or feces from the vagina

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