This cancer affects women of all ages, but is more common over 45. It is common, but effectively treated if discovered in the precancerous stage or carcinoma in situ (meaning that the cancer is restricted to the top layers of the cervical tissue).
Causes of Cervical Cancer
The exact cause of this disorder is unknown. You are more likely to develop cervical cancer if you have had previous sexually transmitted viral infections, such as herpes or genital warts. It you have had many sexual partners, began having sexual intercourse at a very young age or have had many pregnancies, beginning at a young age, then you are also at an increased risk of developing cervical cancer.
Signs and Symptoms of Cervical Cancer
Frequently there may be no symptoms of cervical cancer. It may only be discovered through routine pap smears. When symptoms do develop, they include unexplained vaginal bleeding. There may be bleeding after sexual intercourse, bleeding between menstrual periods, or bleeding after menopause. A watery, bloody discharge from the vagina may develop. Back ache can develop. Appetite loss, weight loss, anemia, problems with incontinence are all possible signs of more advanced disease.
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