- by Dr Sahana K P
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- Mar 15 2017
Signs to look for cervical cancer
A lot of factors contribute to the causes of cancer of the cervix:
Human Papillomavirus Infection (HPV)
HPV may be a cause of cervical dysplasia or cervical cells which grow abnormally
Lifestyle factors like smoking, having sex with multiple partners
Usage of pills for birth control
Involving in sexual activities at an early age.
Cancer of the Cervix associated with examples of symptoms:
If you come across any bleeding that is not a normal or regular bleeding:
In middle of two menstrual cycles
Bleeding you encounter after menopause
If after an examination of the pelvic region gives you have bleeding
After a sexual intercourse
Pain in the pelvic region
Pain on urinating
Any kind of discharge that is not usual and differs in color, smells different, is more than normal in consistency and flow.
Is spotting be considered as a sign of cancer of the cervix?
Vaginal bleeding that is irregular: This can be one of the symptoms that is most common in invasive cancer of the cervix. Vaginal bleeding may be encountered in midst of menstrual cycle or after one has a sexual intercourse. Many times though not often, it may appear as discharge from the vagina which maybe streaked with blood and one may just pass it or ignore it as merge spotting.
What are the tests for cancer of the cervix?
Tests for screening the cancer of cervix include:
Pap Smear Test:
In a Pap smear test, the cells from the cervix are scraped and brushed by the physician, which are then sent for examination of abnormalities to the lab.
The cervical cells that are abnormal and which may increase the risk of the cancer of the cervix can be detected with help of a Pap test.
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