Precancerous lesions of the cervix usually do not cause signs or symptoms. Cervical cancer often has symptoms in its early stages. Cervical cancer, that is, cancer that has spread to other parts of the body, may have more severe symptoms depending on the tissue or organ to which the disease has spread.
Symptoms are changes you feel in your body. Symptoms are changes that can be measured, such as blood pressure readings or laboratory tests. Together, signs and symptoms can help identify health problems. Symptoms can be caused by diseases other than cancer, so people should see a doctor if they develop new symptoms that don’t go away.
Any of the following could be signs of cervical cancer.
Spotting or light bleeding between or after your period
Menstrual bleeding is longer or heavier than usual
Bleeding after intercourse, washing, or pelvic examination
Increased vaginal discharge
Pain during intercourse
Unexplained persistent pelvic and/or back pain
Any of these symptoms should be reported to the doctor. Even if these symptoms appear to be symptoms of other serious illnesses, it’s important to talk to your doctor. The sooner precancerous cells or cervical cancer are detected and treated, the better the chance of cancer prevention and cure.
If you are concerned about any changes, talk to your doctor. Your doctor will ask how long and how often you have had symptoms, among other questions. This will help to find the cause of the so-called diagnostic problem.
If cervical cancer is diagnosed, symptom relief remains an important part of cancer treatment. Symptomatic treatment may be called “palliative care” or “supportive care.” It usually begins soon after diagnosis and continues throughout treatment. Be sure to discuss your healing tea