Cervical cancer is one of the most preventive types of cancer. Although, about 4 decades ago it was thought that it cannot be cured but now it is diagnosable at an early stage thanks to the pap tests and in-depth knowledge of early signs and symptoms. There can be a number of reasons that lead to the development of the cancerous cells but at the same time, there are certain signs that can help you diagnose.
Smoking damages the immune system of a person thereby increasing the risk of potential diseases. Tobacco has a negative impact on the DNA of the cervix cells and thus increases the risk of developing cervical cancer.
Women with a family history of the disease are at a 2-3 times bigger risk. The HIV virus also damages the immune system and increases the risk for HPV infection.
- Multiple pregnancies
There is no theoretical reason as to why this happens, but, women with 3 or more full time pregnancies run at a higher risk of getting the disease.
- Birth control pills
Some oral contraceptive may affect the female hormones in a way that it may become a perfect breeding ground for the cancer.
Signs and symptoms
- Body pain
The most common symptom of cervical cancer is body pains; mostly in the legs, back and pelvic area. The cancer obstructs the blood flow and may even cause swelling in the legs.
- Unexplained weight loss
When your body is combating a disease, it starts producing small proteins called cytokines which break down the fat faster and cause rapid weight loss.
- Constant fatigue
A sudden loss in weight as per the previous symptom would make the body work harder to stay fit and fight off the diseases. This would lead to your body getting tired faster.
- Loss of bladder control
An increase in the number of visits to the bathroom is one of the many signs that you may be suffering from the disease. Also, with a loss in bladder control some people may even experience a blood discharge during urination.
- Irregular menstrual cycles
Women suffering from this disease will notice some irregular changes in the frequency and flow of bleeding.
- Discomfort during urination
Women will notice a discomforting prickly or burning feeling while urinating. If you’re not taking any medications that may be the cause, it is a sign for you to become cautious.