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Marte asks:

I have most of the symptoms of cervical cancer. What do I do?

Your question sounds urgent!  In its early stages, cervical cancer or early cervical pre-cancerous abnormalities usually have no signs or symptoms. That's why it's important to get Pap tests regularly. Symptoms usually do not show up until the cancer becomes invasive and grows into nearby tissue. The most common symptoms at this stage are:

 

  • Unusual discharge from the vagina
  • Blood spots or light bleeding when you're not having your period
  • Bleeding or pain during sex

 

Additional symptoms may occur. These include:

  • Anemia because of abnormal vaginal bleeding.
  • Ongoing pelvic, leg, or back pain.
  • Urinary problems because of blockage of a kidney or ureter.
  • Bleeding from the rectum or bladder.
  • Weight loss.

If these are the symptoms you are experiencing, speak to your healthcare provider right away!  Don't ignore the symptoms. Don't waste any time in contacting your physician. Ignoring the symptoms can give the cancer time to grow into a more advanced stage and lower your chance for the treatment to be effective.

 

However, you should realize that just because you have these symptoms doesn't mean you have cervical cancer. You can have these symptoms for other reasons. Nevertheless, it is important to check with your healthcare provider to find out what's causing them. Finding cervical cancer early means you have a better chance of the treatment being successful.

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