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Symptoms of Advanced Cervical Cancer

Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that occurs in the cells of the cervix, which is the lower part of the uterus that connects to the vagina. It’s currently the second most common cancer cause of death among women in India. But it doesn’t have to be this way. When detected early, cervical cancer can be diagnosed and successfully treated long before symptoms occur. The pre-cancer and early cancer stages show no symptoms. Women are advised to undergo cervical cancer screening once every three years so that the disease can be detected at the earliest stages.

Once cervical cancer reaches advanced stages, symptoms begin to appear. This is when the disease grows into nearby tissue. While pre-cancer and early stage disease have no warning signs, the symptoms of advanced cervical cancer are wide-ranging. These symptoms overlap with many other diseases and disorders, so it’s always best to have proper screening done with a physician to identify the correct diagnosis.

Advanced stage cervical cancer symptoms:

  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding, including bleeding after vaginal intercourse, bleeding after menopause, or bleeding and spotting between periods

  • An unusual discharge from the vagina, which may contain some blood and be heavy with a foul odor

  • Pain during vaginal intercourse

  • Pain in the pelvic region

  • Swelling of the legs

  • Problems urinating or having a bowel movement

  • Blood in the urine

Ignoring symptoms may allow the cancer to grow to a more advanced stage and lower the chance for successful treatment. The more frequently a woman is screened, the more likely it is for cervical cancer to be identified and treated at the earliest possible stage before there are any symptoms. With nGyn, physicians can skip the pap smear step and simply use the smart colposcope to quickly and precisely screen for cervical cancer. Results are immediate, making it possible to complete treatment in the same appointment. This efficiency makes it much easier to screen more women more frequently so that the disease doesn’t escalate to an advanced stage with pressing symptoms.

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