Cervical or cervix cancer can be deadly for women. Although statistics about this cancer is frightening, cervical cancer can be prevented, and treated if diagnosed early.
Most often, cervical cancer is caused by HPV or the human papillomavirus. This virus is highly contagious, as it is an STI (sexually transmitted infection) and comes in many types but only some of them cause cervical cancer.
In some cases, a HPV infection might go away on its own, but it also could cause abnormal cell growth that may lead to cervical cancer.
The best-known risk factors for cervical cancer are:
- Low immunity
- Having multiple sexual partners
- Having unprotected sex
- Smoking or breathing in second-hand smoke
Cervical cancer may show no obvious or apparent signs as breast cancer, however, there are symptoms which should be alarming if noticed, and a gynecologist must be contacted immediately. These are the following:
When the cancer begins to grow inside the cervix, the cells of the uterine wall begin to rid, which produces a watery discharge.
Pain or bleeding
There may also be rectal or bladder bleeding. Any bleeding outside your menstrual period should be investigated for it may indicate a serious health issue. Cervical cancer grows on the walls of the cervix which can dry out and even crack, causing discomfort and bleeding.