These Are The Six Warning Signs Of Cervical Cancer That You Should Never Ignore
In Ireland, approximately 300 women in Ireland are diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer each year and over 90 women die from the disease.
It’s the most common cancer in women aged 35 and under and the 13th most common overall.
According to research, only 63% of people with cervical cancer survive for more than 10 years after diagnosis, even though 100% of cases are preventable.
Stats from Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust showed that almost 3.7million women in the UK are putting themselves at risk of cervical cancer by not attending regular smear tests.
A smear test is still the most effective way of identifying cervical cancer, or the signs of changes to the cervix before they become a problem.
Cervical cancer often doesn’t have any symptoms until it’s quite advanced, which is why it’s important to get tested regularly
However, the most common symptom of cervical cancer is bleeding from the vagina at times other than when you are having a period.
You may have bleeding:
1. Between periods
2. During or after sex
3. At any time if you are past your menopause
Some women also have a mixture of the following symptoms:
4. A vaginal discharge that smells unpleasant
5. Discomfort or pain during sex
6. Pain related to sex is called dyspareunia.
There are many other conditions that cause these symptoms. Most of them are much more common than cervical cancer. But you should go to your doctor straight away if you have any concerns.
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