In recent years, unfortunately, cancer of the cervix is considered one of the leading causes of death among women.
Besides breast cancer, this disease is the second in line when it comes to how dangerous it is. Cancer of the cervix does not always show symptoms in the early stage of the disease, but regular testing (Papanicolaou test) can help you discover abnormal cells in the cervix that causes cancer. Also, doctors warned early signs and symptoms of this fatal disease in women should never be ignored.
As we mentioned already, the early stages of the disease often do not show any kind of symptoms. But the first symptoms that indicate that the cancer has spread are the following:
Pain in the legs
During the early stage of the cancer development, a number of women suffer from swelling and leg pain. After the first stage, the cervix is swollen and can obstruct normal blood flow, leading to swelling and pain in the legs.
Urine test can help you find if you have cancer of the cervix. If the cancer is diagnosed in this way, it means that the tumor is already at stage 4 and also that the abnormal tissue has spread to the bladder and affects its function.
A very common symptom in women suffering from cervical cancer is tingling when urinating. It is important to know that urinary problems are not always a sign of urinary infection, so it is best to visit a specialist.
Bleeding that occurs between regular menstrual cycles should be examined in time in order to take appropriate measures.
At the beginning in the first stage, cancer cells can be on the surface of the crvix, or deeper into the tissue.
During the tumor development, menstrual cycles become more difficult, irregular and often followed by pain in the pelvis, waist or legs. Swelling of the lower extremities sometimes occurs in some patients. This is a sign that the tumor has evolved in the last stage.
Then normal blood flow is interrupted because blood vessels are under pressure. Also cancer cells can spread to the bladder causing tingling or blood in the urine.
Once the tumor expands you may often notice various symptoms, including anal pain and blood in the stool.
Also, if the tumor extends onto the urethra or upper urinary tract, it can lead to hydronephrosis -- swelling of the kidneys.