Cervical cancer is one cancer that often has no symptoms at its onset. With regular yearly Pap smears, it can be detected early enough that it can be treated successfully. It is one of the most treatable cancers.
Symptoms of early-stage cervical cancer can include bleeding in between periods or after intercourse. A watery, pink discharge is also common. Bleeding in between periods can occur when cancer is not present. This is usually due to an early period or spotting which is not harmful by itself.
Pain after intercourse or persistent pain in the pelvic area can also be symptoms of cervical cancer. Advanced stage symptoms are weight loss, fatigue, leg and back pain.
Prevention is a great way to avoid cancer in the first place. But, sometimes genetics play a big role in whether a person gets cancer or not. The best thing to do is become familiar with your body. Always take note of anything out of the ordinary that persists.
Get a Pap smear once a year, and talk with your doctor if you experience any of the above symptoms for more than two weeks. If you do find out that you have cervical cancer, research all of the treatment options that are available to you. There are new treatments coming out all the time, so the main thing to keep in mind is that when a cancer diagnosis is given there is always hope.
Research is underway constantly. New treatments are being developed and are sometimes implemented using existing medications and surgeries. Treatment options will depend on the stage, the type and location of cancer. Your age and your physical condition will also factor into the treatments, but they most often include laser surgeries, a hysterectomy, chemotherapy, radiation or a combination of chemo and radiation.