The American Cancer Society reports that there are about 12,340 new diagnosis of cervical cancer each year in the United States. Unfortunately, it is also reported that nearly 4000 women pass away from this silent killer every year.
Once a woman begins having sex, no matter what age she may be, she is at risk for cervical cancer. HPV (human papillomavirus) is the most common reason for the development of cancer cells developing within the tissues of the cervix.
As the second most common type of cancer of women in the world, cervical cancer is a slow developing cancer, which makes it more treatable and preventable than other forms of cancer.
This is one of the reasons that getting a regular pap smear and vaginal exam is important. An abnormal pap smear is one of the first signs of cervical cancer and when caught early enough it can be treated effectively in most cases.
Read on to learn more about the symptoms of cervical cancer.
1. Pelvic Pain
Cramps and aches during menstruation are quite common among women. In fact, the majority of women are simply used to having some type of pelvic pain at any given time. This is one of the reasons many women simply ignore this symptom of cervical cancer.
It is important to be aware of when you are having pelvic pain. If it begins to happen more frequently or is more severe than what you normally have experienced, discuss it with your doctor and demand a full examination. You know what pain is normal for you, if you are experiencing abnormal pelvic pain make sure that you have it checked out.