6 Symptoms of Cervical Cancer: What to Look For and Why to Go to a Smear Test

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Only in England, about 2,600 women get diagnosed with cervical cancer every year and 690 of them die from it. And even though these rates are frightening, about 25% of women are not attending screenings with their GPs, which can save their lives.

Nexter.org prepared you 6 symptoms of cervical cancer and the importance of a smear test.

Early warning signs of cervical cancer

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Usually, there are not many noticeable symptoms in the early stages of the disease. But some of them include vaginal bleeding, unusual vaginal discharge, which can be watery, pink or foul-smelling; after sexual intercourse or post-menopausal bleeding, and pelvic pain.

All of the symptoms must be discussed with your doctor.

 

Signs of advanced cervical cancer

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Cervical cancer may spread within the pelvis, to the lymph nodes or elsewhere in the body. Here are the main signs of it:

  • Weight loss;
  • Fatigue;
  • Back pain;
  • Leg pain or swelling;
  • Leakage of urine or feces from the vagina;
  • Bone fractures;
  • Blood spots or light bleeding between or following periods;
  • Menstrual bleeding that is longer and heavier than usual;
  • Bleeding after intercourse, douching, or a pelvic examination;
  • Increased vaginal discharge;
  • Pain during sexual intercourse;
  • Bleeding after menopause;

 

The importance of cervical screening

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An actress Michelle Keegan live-blogged her smear test to show women that this highly important procedure is not that hard and scary as many women think. It took her less than 2 minutes and was not even painful.

Later, a cervical cancer charity, Jo’s Trust, has launched a ‘Smear for Smear’ campaign with celebrities. They posted pictures of themselves with smeared lipstick to encourage people to go for their tests.

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The screening is the most effective way to prevent cervical cancer and it helps to prevent cells from becoming cancerous. Inability to find cancerous cells leads to a life-threatening diagnosis.

“Pap smears are uncomfortable, but cervical cancer is even worse.” According to Jo’s Trust, smear tests can prevent 75% of cervical cancers.

Do not wait for the symptoms to appear, do your tests regularly and stay healthy!


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