With cervical cancer prevention week (January 22-28) fast approaching, local doctors are encouraging residents to familiarise themselves with the symptoms of cervical cancer to help improve rates of early diagnosis.
Doctors at Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are advising anyone who thinks they may be experiencing symptoms of cervical cancer to contact their GP immediately and arrange an appointment.
The symptoms of cervical cancer aren’t always obvious, and it may not cause any symptoms at all until an advanced stage. This is why it is important to attend all of your cervical screening appointments.
The symptoms of cervical cancer to look out for:
- Unusual bleeding: In most cases, vaginal bleeding is the first noticeable symptom of cervical cancer. It usually occurs after having sex. Bleeding at any other time, other than your expected monthly period, is also considered unusual. This includes bleeding after the menopause (when a woman’s monthly periods stop).
- Pain and discomfort: Other symptoms of cervical cancer may include pain and discomfort during sex and an unpleasant smelling vaginal discharge.
Advanced cervical cancer symptoms:
- Blood in your urine (haematuria)
- Loss of bladder control (urinary incontinence)
- Bone pain
- Swelling of one of your legs
- Severe pain in your side or back caused by swelling in your kidneys, related to a condition called hydronephrosis
Dr Jo Leahy, Chair of Telford and Wrekin CCG, said: “It is important to recognise cervical cancer as early as possible. Sometimes, there are no symptoms at all, which is why I strongly urge all patients to attend all of their cervical screening appointments.
“Not only this, but I advise everyone to learn what the common symptoms of cervical cancer are and to book an appointment with your GP immediately if you are concerned.”
If you need any more information about cervical cancer, or to find out what to do if you feel you are experiencing any symptoms visit: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Cancer-of-the-cervix/Pages/Symptoms.aspx