According to research, 79% of women would see a doctor for a cold that lasted more than 3 weeks, compared to only 50% if they experienced bleeding outside of their period.
Worryingly, many women avoid making a doctor's appointment because they busy, confident the issues will disappear or scared. According to Robert Music, Director of Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, this can lead to delayed diagnosis, more invasive treatments and a lower chance of survival.
The signs of cervical cancer aren't always obvious so we've put together a checklist of symptoms. If you've experienced one or more of these arrange an appointment with your GP to get them checked out:
SYMPTOMS YOU SHOULD NEVER IGNORE
- Unusual bleeding between periods or after sex (there are lots of reasons why this could occur, so don't let your mind wander to the worst case scenario)
- Pain during sex or unusual vaginal discharge
- Pain when urinating
In more advanced stages, cervical cancer can present as...
- Blood in the urine
- Pain in the lower back
- Changes to your bowel and bladder habits
- Loss of appetite and weight loss
- A lack of energy
DID YOU KNOW?
Cervical cancer is most common in women under the age of 35, so it's crucial to get in the know, have regular smear tests and learn the key symptoms.
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