How Do I Know If I Have Cervical Cancer: 7 Signs and Symptoms to Look
Cervical cancer is the abnormal cell growth on the cervix or the lower part of the uterus associated with the vagina. Cervical cancer can be diagnosed through PAP test and if detected at an early stage, it can be treated successfully.
Most women question on what causes cervical cancer and are there a way to prevent cervical cancer. Read this article to find out warning signs and symptoms of cervical cancer, causes of cervical cancer and cervical cancer immunization.
What Causes Cervical Cancer?
It has been researched that in most cases cervical cancer is caused by a Human Papillomavirus or HPV. HPV is a type of virus that can be transmitted through sexual contact with a person who has it, hence it is important for women to go for PAP tests regularly to look for any warning signs and get treated before abnormal cervical cells grow into cancer.
Warning Signs of Cervical Cancer
Following are some of the warning signs of cervical cancer to look for:
- Bleeding from vagina between periods
- Bleeding after having sex
- Bleeding after menopause
- Unusual Vaginal discharge
- Pain during intercourse
- Pelvis pain
- Abdomen pain
Diagnosing Cervical Cancer: PAP Test
In early 1900, cervical cancer was believed to be one of the major cause of death in women, then in the year 1940, Dr. George Papanicolaou introduced PAP test to diagnose abnormal cell growth on the cervix.
The PAP test involves collecting cells from the surface of the cervix and analyzing them under a microscope. The PAP test shows an abnormal increase in cells on the cervix. This test proved to be so successful that the number of death caused by cervical cancer got reduced by 50%.
How to Treat Cervical Cancer
Treatment of cervical cancer depends on the stage in which the cancer is. Following are the typical treatment of cervical cancer:
- Surgery: This includes removal of pelvis with or without ovaries and fallopian tubes
- Radiation Therapy: If the cancer is detected early, radiation therapy can be used to treat the cancer
Cervical Cancer Immunization
While PAP test remains to be the best way to detect cervical cancer, however, if you are 26 years or younger, you can go for cervical cancer immunization. Cervical Cancer Immunization or HPV vaccine protects from all type of HPV that causes cervical cancer.
Getting to know that you have cervical cancer can be life-changing. As a prevention to cervical cancer, it is recommended to use condoms while having sex and limit partners with which you have unprotected sex.
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