Cervical cancer, according to the latest data, is one of the most lethal forms of gynecological cancers. However, medical professionals agree that, even though it is a dangerous type of cancer, it has a high

treatment success rate – if diagnosed early.

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One of the leading causes of cervical cancer is the highly contagious HPV (human pappilomavirus), which is a sexually transmitted infection that comes in many forms, a number of which are known to cause cervical cancer. As medical professionals agree, HPV infections often go away on their own, but if you have a weak immune system, they might lead to abnormal cell growth and cervical cancers.

As with most serious diseases, early diagnosis is vital to the treatment. That’s why we have prepared a list of 7 of the most common symptoms of cervical cancer that you need to look out for:

Chronic Leg, Hip, and Back Pains

If your cervix is swollen it can affect the surrounding organs (bladder, kidney and others) by pressing your blood vessels so that your blood will have difficulty getting to your legs and pelvis, causing you swelling and aches in your legs and ankles.

Sudden Loss of Appetite and Weight

Every form of cancer can have a negative effect on your appetite, and cervical cancer is no exception. If your cervix is swollen in can pressure your stomach and really suppress your appetite, causing you to stop eating and lose weight fast.

Warts

Warts, regardless of their location (internal or external) are always a sign of something else being wrong in your body. Warts also appear when you have HPV, which means that you have a higher risk of cervical cancer.

Pain/bleeding

Other typical symptoms of cervical cancer are pains and bleedings. This is due to the cervical cancer growing on the cervix walls and causing them to dry and crack, resulting in bleeding and aches. Women with cervical cancer might also experience bladder and rectal bleeding. That’s why if you see that you are bleeding outside of your period, you should immediately consult a doctor.

Anemia

Anemia is the result of abnormal bleeding, which is often a symptom of cervical cancer. If you notice that you are becoming increasingly tired but your diet hasn’t changed, or that your heart starts beating really fast after a normal physical activity, you might have anemia and you should go get yourself checked.

Strange discharge

A strange discharge is also a common sign of cervical cancer. This is because when the cancer spreads inside the cervix it rips the uterine walls and leads to watery discharges.

Urinary problems

As already said, when the cervical cancer spreads it can pressure the surrounding organs like the kidney and bladder, and cause obstructions to the urine pathways. If this happens, you will probably not be able to completely empty your bladder, which might lead to urinary tract infections and pain.

Things to Keep in Mind: Even if you notice any of these symptoms you should not panic immediately, as this doesn’t mean that you have cervical cancer. When you notice any of the warning signs, the best thing to do would be to see your doctor.

You should also be aware of the risk factors that contribute to HPV in both men and women, since this STI is the leading cause of cervical cancer:

-Changing sexual partners often;
-Having sex without protection;
-Lowered immunity;

Also, you should known that a pap smear test can help you discover whether you have cervical cancer, even if it’s in the early stage. That’s why you should strive to get a preventive exam at least once a year.

source: http://www.instantlivingmagazine.com/

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Cervical cancer, according to the latest data, is one of the most lethal forms of gynecological cancers. However, medical professionals agree that, even though it is a dangerous type of cancer, it has a high treatment success rate – if diagnosed early. One of the leading causes of cervical cancer...