Cervical Cancer Symptoms are seen when the Cancer is at an Advanced Stage

November 12, 2012

Cervical Cancer Symptoms are seen when the Cancer is at an Advanced Stage

In women throughout the world cervical cancer is the third most common form of cancer seen. The surface of the cervix is the normal starting place for the disease and the most common type of cervical cancer involves the squamous cells. Cervical cancer is usually caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), which is common during sexual intercourse. HPV can cause genital warts, which then increases the risk of cervical cancer developing or can lead directly to cervical cancer, but some other strains of the virus do not appear to have any negative effects.

In many western developed countries cervical cancer is uncommon because of the success of the Pap smear tests which can detect problems in women at the precancerous stage. Risk factors identified for cervical cancer include women who have many sexual partners, have become sexually active at a young age, have partners who take part in high risk sexual behavior or have many sexual partners. These women should have regular smear tests to help minimize their risks.

Like most cancers that we know of cervical cancer symptoms do not show themselves until the cancer is well developed, in some cases this can take years. However during the earlier period of the cancer’s development some cervical cancer symptoms may show themselves. Sometimes periods may change and become heavier or longer, they are not the same as the usual periods, there may be bleeding in the middle of the menstrual cycle, or if the woman is menopausal she may start to bleed.

At other times there will be bleeding during or after intercourse. And there may be a vaginal discharge which may remain and be brown or pink, smelly and may have blood in it and it may be watery.

As the condition develops it can cause the spread of precancerous cells to other internal organs in the body without any cervical cancer symptoms showing themselves. At the point when other cervical cancer symptoms are seen the cancer is normally at an advanced stage. These symptoms may include tiredness and fatigue all of the time, loss of appetite, pains in the pelvic area, the vagina may bleed continually, urine or feces may pass from the vagina and the patient may lose weight.

At the stage when these cervical cancer symptoms show themselves the prognosis for the woman is uncertain. During the precancerous stage the condition is curable with a 100% success rate. However the spread of the cancer affects survival rate. If the cancer has not spread outside the cervix then there is still a 92% chance of success. Other factors influence these figures, it depends on the type of cervical cancer, how far developed the condition is and the woman’s health and age. If the cancer has spread to other areas the prognosis becomes more negative and the chance of being alive 5 years in the future drops.

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