Most symptoms that are related to cervical cancer only become apparent once the cancer cells have spread. However, there are a few warning signs that you can look out for and that would probably mean that you need a visit to the doctor for a check-up.
Abnormal spotting or bleeding during the month could be a sign that you have cervical cancer but could also point to a number of other conditions. Some of these conditions are relatively harmless and can pass on their own but rather be safe and make an appointment with your doctor if you notice abnormal bleeding.
Abnormal vaginal bleeding can take place before or after your menstrual cycle, during or after sexual intercourse, douching or a pelvic examination. This type of bleeding is associated with an unhealthy cervix.
An abnormal discharge can also be a symptom of cervical cancer or another medical condition. Don’t go running to the doctor the minute you notice a discharge as this could be normal. However, if the discharge has an odor or if it is a strange color, it is best to seek medical advice.
Lower abdominal pain may be one of the symptoms of cervical cancer. This pain will differ from the pain that you experience during your normal menstrual cycle. Continuous stabbing pains or a consistent dull ache may need to be checked.
Cervical cancer can also affect your bladder and urinary tract. If you are experiencing any type of pain while urinating you should see your doctor as soon as possible. Once you start experiencing this type of pain, it could mean that cancer has advanced and spread to the bladder.
While one of these symptoms independently may not mean that you have cervical cancer, if you are presenting with more than one symptom it becomes even more urgent to see your doctor. Living with pain and discomfort is a woman’s bane and often signs and symptoms are ignored until it is too late.
Listen to your body and get to know what feels right or wrong to you. Pain is your body’s way of communicating with you and telling you that something is wrong. Feeling unusually tired and listless could be another sign that you are not in optimal health.
While you don’t need to run off to the doctor for every little twinge, be aware of signs that are persistent and that are just not normal for you.