Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that occurs in the cells of the cervix, the lower part of the uterus that connects to the vagina.
Various strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection, play a role in causing most cervical cancer.
When exposed to HPV, a woman’s immune system typically prevents the virus from doing harm. In a small group of women, however, the virus survives for years, contributing to the process that causes some cells on the surface of the cervix to become cancer cells.
You can reduce your risk of developing cervical cancer by having screening tests and receiving a vaccine that protects against HPV infection.
Here are some symptons:
Unusual bleeding or discharge. This could mean bleeding between periods, after menopause, or anything out of the ordinary.
Change in urination or defecation. This could mean blood in your urine or stool, frequent urination, or even constipated.
Pelvic pain. This includes pain during intercourse or while urinating. Any unusual pain or changes you notice in your body should be discussed with your doctor. This is especially true for any rapid changes, such as the sudden need to urinate more often, rapid weight loss or gain, etc. Don’t wait to seek medical advice from a health care provider, make an appointment as soon as possible