What you should know about cervical cancer symptoms and treatments

Photography of a women cervix - source DrJenniferAshton.comCervical cancer develops when abnormal cells on the cervix begin to grow. It can be treated if it is found early enough. You should know the symptoms of this disease so you can seek the proper treatment in the event that you are infected. If you are not sure of what the symptoms are, you should continue reading.

If you notice that your menstrual cycle is very irregular, this can be the sign of a problem. This may be absolutely nothing if it happens every once in a while, but you should go and get it checked out if this is something that happens on a regular basis. Bleeding that occurs between periods should also be looked at as a cause for concern.

HPV is a sexually transmitted disease that many people live with for years without knowing it. Since there are not many symptoms for some people, it can go undetected. If you suspect that you have come in contact with someone that has HPV and you have been experiencing a lot of pain during sexual intercourse, this may be a sign of cervical cancer. Go see someone right away since waiting around will only worsen the situation.

If you find out that you have cervical cancer, your doctor will discuss treatment options with you. Depending on what stage your cancer is in that could mean a number of different things. Many people that find out they have this type of cancer opt to get a hysterectomy, but this is only if the cancer is not found early enough. Other options include radiation therapy and chemotherapy. You have to think carefully about what you want to do since having a hysterectomy means you will never have children.

Young women that are under the age of 26 can get a vaccine that will protect them against the HPV virus. This is not the only cause of cervical cancer, but it will definitely decrease the chances of you being diagnosed with such a serious illness. This is not technically a treatment option, but it will stop you from having to fight a battle with cancer.

Now that you are a bit more educated about cervical cancer, you have to do everything you can to make sure that you are not personally affected. If you suspect you may have cervical cancer, the best thing for you to b=do would be to go and consult a physician.

References

– Cervical cancer symptoms and pictures > http://www.drjenniferashton.com/cervical-cancer-symptoms/

– Cervical Cancer Fact Sheet > http://www.hhs.gov/opa/reproductive-health/general-reproductive-health/cervical-cancer/index.html