Monday, February 6, 2023

Here Are 9 Tell-tale Signs That You Have Got Cervical Cancer

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Cervical cancer is simply the rapid growth of cells in the cervix. This abnormal cell growth affects the cervix which is between a woman’s vagina and uterus. This abnormality which is caused by the human papillomavirus can be life-threatening if not detected and cured early. The notorious human papillomavirus (HPV) is notable for not just causing cancer but also genital warts, although having HPV does not automatically mean that you have sent a friendship request to cervical cancer. It is pertinent to note that there are over 200 types of HPV and it’s only the type 16 and 18 that causes cervical cancer. Worldwide, Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cause of death from cancer in women. This mainly is why health enthusiasts have constantly been clamouring for early detection of cancer, ergo, taking tests such as a pap smear and cervical screening. Cervical cancer typically starts from a pre-cancerous stage which changes over the course of 10 to 20 years. Typically, most cancers are caused by squamous cell carcinomas while some are caused by adenocarcinoma with others largely undetermined. Although consumption of drugs with diethylstilbestrol (DES) by a pregnant woman may expose the child to cervical cancer, other such causes apart from HPV includes smoking, a weakened immune system, multiple sexual partners, birth control pills, early exposure to sex and birth control pills. That established, here are the tell-tale signs that you have cervical cancer:

  • Bleeding after intercourse
  • Bleeding after menopause
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Bleeding after douching
  • Bleeding following a pelvic exam
  • Having heavier menstrual periods than usual or ones that last longer than usual
  • Unusual vaginal discharge
  • Pain during sex
  • Pelvic pain
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Just like every other symptom having these may mean you might just have an infection or something else, but it is very important that you visit the nearest health care outlet to have yourself checked.  Photo Credit: KOKO

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