Cervical cancer is often dubbed ‘the silent killer.’ The American Cancer Society predicts that cervical cancer will strike almost 13,000 women in 2016, killing around a third of those women. It mainly affects those aged 20-50, although women of all ages can get it. Recognizing cervical cancer can also be difficult, because many symptoms don’t appear until the disease is well advanced. However, by being alert to these ten warning signs, you can increase your chances of spotting it sooner.
1. Discomfort when urinating
This is the most common and noticeable symptom of cervical cancer. You may notice a burning, stinging or tight sensation when you’re passing water. This can be a sign that the cancer has spread to surrounding tissues, causing them to react abnormally. However, pain when urinating can also be caused by a urinary tract infection, a sexually transmitted disease, or other bladder problems. Your family doctor will help to ensure you receive the right diagnosis.