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What you should know about cervical cancer?

Cervical Cancer

Cervical cancer is the 2ND most common cancer for women. It can be cured if early detected. It does not show any sign at early stage though. Cervical cancer occurs when abnormal cells on the cervix grow out of control. The cervix is the lower part of the uterus that opens into the vagina.

Cervical cancer can often be successfully treated when it's found early. It is usually found at a very early stage through a test. Most cervical cancer is caused by a virus called human papillomavirus, or HPV. You can get HPV by having sexual contact with someone who has it.

There are many types of the HPV virus. Not all types of HPV cause cervical cancer. Some of them cause genital warts, but other types may not cause any symptoms. Most adults have been infected with HPV at some time. An infection may go away on its own. But sometimes it can cause genital warts or lead to cervical cancer. That's why it's important for women to have regular Pap tests.

A Pap test can find changes in cervical cells before they turn into cancer. If you treat these cell changes, you may prevent cervical cancer. Abnormal cervical cell changes rarely cause symptoms. But you may have symptoms if those cell changes grow into cervical cancer.

Cause of Cervical cancer: Cervical cancer is caused by severe abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix. Most precancerous or cancerous cell changes occur in the cervix at the transformation zone, because these cells normally undergo constant change.

 During this natural process of change, some cervical cells can become abnormal if you are infected with high-risk types of HPV. Other things may play a role in causing cervical cancer, such as having more than one sex partner or smoking cigarettes.

Here are the signs and symptoms of Cervical Cancer:
  • Vaginal bleeding after intercourse.
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Offensive vaginal discharge may occur -pale, pink, brown, blood streaked, and foul-smelling
  • Abnormal bleeding between menstrual periods
  • Heavy bleeding during your menstrual period
  • Increased urinary frequency
  • Bleeding after menopause
  • Painful urination - dysuria
  • Low back pain
  • Urethritis or urinary infection can be a sign of cervical cancer

Cervical cancer and HPV information is very informative and you should read it if you have some signs of cervical cancer.

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