Women more likely to see a doctor with a cold than a cervical cancer symptom

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A study to mark Cervical Cancer Prevention Week has shocked medical professionals

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Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust is calling for women to be aware of the signs of cervical cancer after a survey revealed women care more about a persistent cold than abnormal bleeding - a key symptom of the disease.

According to the survey, 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.

A YouGov survey has also revealed that 70% of British women aren't aware of the symptoms that indicate cervical cancer, such as abnormal bleeding and unusual vaginal discharge, and don't visit the doctor because they are busy, confident the issues will disappear or scared.

Director of Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, Robert Music, has revealed that many women delay seeing a doctor or ignore the symptoms for months leading to a delayed diagnosis, more invasive treatments and a lower chance of survival.

The symptoms of cervical cancer aren't always obvious, so here are a few things to talk to your doctor about...

- 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, weight loss and a lack of energy.

Cervical cancer is the 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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