10 Warning Signs of Cervical Cancer You Shouldn’t Ignore

10 Warning Signs of Cervical Cancer You Shouldn't Ignore
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More than 40 years ago cervical cancer was a major cancer death risk for women. With the development of pap tests and in-depth recognition of warning signs those numbers are dropping significantly. We still aren’t completely safe however, as many thousands of American women are still affected by cervical cancer every year. Picking up on risk factors and warning signs could save an individual from a lifetime of suffering.

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Cervical Cancer Risk Factors

Acknowledging the risk factors that make women more likely to contract cervical cancer will help women to reveal a greater insight to their cancer risk.

Human Papilloma Virus Infection (HPV) – There are over a hundred different viruses grouped here and some are spread through skin contact and considered a stepping stone to cervical cancer. Detection of HPV is usually through the discovery of warts or pap smears.

Food Intake – overweight women and women that have a diet devoid of essential nutrients from fruit and vegetables face a higher risk of cervical cancer.

Birth Control Pills – The female hormones found in some oral contraceptives may provide some cancers with ideal breeding grounds. Also the risk of cervical cancer goes up the longer a woman takes oral contraceptives and doubles after 5 years of using them.

Genetics – There are conflicting references regarding this issue. Some references claim that cervical cancer is something that can be passed down among family members, giving women with a genetic history of the cancer about 2-3 times more of a risk. However I’ve seen other references that claim that there is no genetic component to this type of cancer.

HIV – The virus that causes AIDS damages the immune system and increases the risk risk for HPV infection.

Chlamydia Infection – Women who show signs of past or current chlamydia infection have a higher risk of cervical cancer.

Smoking – Women who smoke double their chances to get cervical cancer. It is believed that tobacco by-products damage the DNA of cervix cells, and may contribute to developing this cancer. Smoking also affects the immune system, making it harder to fight HPV infections. And indeed smoking is one of the top 10 habits to stop right now if you want to be healthy.

Multiple pregnancies – Women who have had 3 or more full-term pregnancies have an increased risk of developing cervical cancer. No one really knows why this is true.

First pregnancy at a young age – Women who were younger than 17 years when they had their first full-term pregnancy are almost 2 times more likely to get cervical cancer later in life than women who waited to get pregnant until they were 25 years or older.

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Warning Signs of Cervical Cancer

In the earliest stages of development, there is typically a frightening lack of visual and physical symptoms to foreshadow onset stages of cervical cancer. Many symptoms aren’t evident until the cancer has begun an invasive spread to surrounding tissue. Some of the most typical symptoms are as follows:

1. Leg Pain

Some women exhibiting early stages of cervical cancer experience swelling and pain in the leg. When the cervix swells it can lead to an obstructed blood flow, which eventually causes the leg to swell and gives a sore, painful sensation.

2. Vaginal Discharge

It’s normal for a woman to experience small amounts of clear discharge without color or odor. If the output of discharge increases, smells foul, or has any type of irregular appearance, it could be a sign of onset cervical cancer.

3. Unusual Bleeding

Of all the symptoms, this is likely the most common. If a woman is experiencing an untimely bout of vaginal bleeding, it could be an indicator of cervical cancer. Consider contacting a physician if you experience persistent bleeding in between menstrual periods or following sexual intercourse. Women who are postmenopausal and no longer have periods should pay close attention to this symptom.

4. Discomforting Urination

Keeping track of urination can help reveal the presence of cervical cancer in several ways. The most immediately obvious and prevalent symptom is discomfort while urinating. This is normally described as a tight and concentrating stinging sensation, but it can take on several different discomforting sensations. Usually when urinary symptoms are involved, the cancer has spread to nearby tissue and requires immediate attention.

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5. Irregular Urination

The appearance of the urine and urinary habits can also be symptoms of cervical cancer. If you notice strange changes in the frequency of your urine, loss of bladder control (incontinence) or a discoloration – especially with blood – seek the input of a medical professional.

6. Irregular Menstrual Cycles – There should be some level of consistency when it comes to monthly periods. If time, frequency, or any other changes disrupt the regular routine, it may be linked to a future with cervical cancer. Take note of any medication you are on and consult a physician if inconsistencies persist.

7. Uncomfortable Sex

Painful intercourse, otherwise known as dyspareunia, is another discomforting side effect of cervical cancer. There are several possible reasons for this symptom to develop, as is the case with many of the symptoms on this list. This symptom is most commonly linked to conditions that require medical attention, however, so it shouldn’t be ignored.

8. Pelvic Pain

Pelvic pain is a fairly routine burden of being a woman. Cramping and aches during a menstrual cycle are perfectly normal, but when pain lasts for longer periods, happens frequently, or becomes more intense than usual it could beckon a look from the doctor. For more related information please read my article about the main causes of pelvic pain and ovarian pain.

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9. Back Pain – Back pain is common, affecting around 80 percent of Americans, and it can happen for a wide variety of reasons, but if accompanied with other symptoms from the list, go for a medical check-up.

10. Unexplained Loss of Weight and Fatigue – Again, on its own, these symptoms can be a result of other factors, but when other symptoms are present, it should signal the need for a physical checkup. Cervical cancer can reduce the number of healthy red blood cells which are replaced by white blood cells that try fighting off the disease. This can cause anemia which typically causes the woman to feel unexplained fatigue, lack of energy, and can lead to weight loss due to a loss of appetite.

Prevention of Cervical Cancer

Treatment of cervical cancer is tough because it is often hard to detect in the earliest stages. For this reason, the best defense for women is preventative knowledge.

Pap Test Screening – Pap smears are the best way to test for cervical cancer, so they should be done regularly according to a woman’s age. WebMD recommends that women ages 20 to 30 get a screening every 3 years, 30 to 65 every 3 to 5 years, and women 65 and older need no further screening if they’ve had 3 tests in a row with regular results.

HPV Vaccine – Some medical professionals advocate HPV vaccines for women and men before their early twenties. They claim it is essential for preventing the virus that causes cervical cancer. Female children can get their first vaccination at as early as 9 years old.

No Smoking – People that are exposed to cigarettes, even those who are only around secondhand smoke, face a greater risk of contracting cervical cancer. If you smoke, consider the multitude of health benefits that come from quitting, and the ton of health risks you face by continuing.

Prevent Sexually Transmitted Diseases – HPV can exist in a sexual partner with a deceptive lack of symptoms. Having a firm grasp of your sexual partner’s history will help you reduce the risk of cervical cancer. When in doubt, always use protection.

Some of the above mentioned warning signs can be also signs of ovarian cancer. To learn more about the risk factors and warning signs of ovarian cancer read my article in this subject:

8 Early Warning Signs Of Ovarian Cancer You Shouldn’t Ignore

Resources
[1] http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/oral-contraceptives
[2] http://www.webmd.com/cancer/cervical-cancer/understanding-cervical-cancer-symptoms
[3] http://www.webmd.com/cancer/tc/cervical-cancer-screening-topic-overview
[4] http://www.webmd.com/cancer/cervical-cancer/cervical-cancer-prevention
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86 Responses to 10 Warning Signs of Cervical Cancer You Shouldn’t Ignore

  1. Christy says:

    Unfortunately, at this point I have to quit following your page. You clearly are not educated about a healthy and natural world if you include the HPV vaccination as something preventative that is healthy. Surely you know other countries aren’t even including it in their vaccination schedule.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Christy, I don’t advocate anything. I said that some doctors recommend it, but it’s your own choice. It’s also your own choice not follow my page and I’m okay with that. I need to bring information also by the medical establishment and include it as an option. Every person can decide what he/she wants to do.

      • RicoCuliana says:

        I had a vaginal hysterectomy with repairs where they tighten up your vagina walls they repaired that but now that I am 56 years old I feel tighten down there if there’s weirdto be dryness it could be irritation or something and I haven’t had sex for 4 years so I don’t know what’s going on it’s almost like shooting pain so if anybody knows about it please let me know thanks you can follow me on Facebook page or printest under RicoCuliana thxs!

      • Steph says:

        Thank you for the intelligent, thoughtful, feedback. It’s refreshing to see an author take criticism and responding like an adult…. I wish now that the HPV vaccine had been around when I was a teen. My first husband was a philanderer and brought HPV home 20+ years ago. I now carry this virus and feel obligated to inform every sexual partner I have had since. This is a deal breaker for some men and I am fine with that. I do wonder what it would be like if I had the vaccine available to me. In the same breath I have to say I am glad I did not get it because I have several rare diseases. Some are trying to pin the neurological disease I have on the HPV vac….. Since I have never had one I can say without a doubt it did not come from there. I am often surprised how a post that offers information can cause so much offence to someone because of their own agenda. Thanks for the information and keep up the good work. The more we have an open dialogue about women’s health especially reproductive health we become stronger. There is a saying “you are only as sick as your secrets” and the health of our reproduction has been taboo for too long. We may call for Womens Lib, but at the end of the day isn’t that supporting each other? I am proud to say my parents raised me to believe that I can disagree with something and not have it overshadow everything I do agree with…. sorry for the rant.

    • KP says:

      Christy- the HPV is still HIGHLY recommended. Anything we can do to prevent cervical. rectal, and penile cancer SHOULD be highly recommended. You are listening to too many “earth mothers” out there. If it causes all these side effects that they are saying then why is it that the males who get the vaccine never have these side effects- it has to be something other than the vaccine. I recommend it to ALL my adolescent patient parents.

      • MzBz says:

        There really is not enough scientific evidence to promote HPV vaccine. Only 1% will get it in the first place. According to CDC most times it will cure itself in a couple of years. Inform yourselves!! Abstain or practice safe sex, IMO that will go farther than the vaccine in preventing the STD’s that will put you more at risk in the first place.

        • iopine says:

          Abstaining or practicing safe sex isn’t realistic all the time especially when dealing with teenagers. Condone it or encourage it? No. But if there is a vaccine available that could minimize their risk, our teenagers/young adults need all of the ammunition they can get to prevent HPV.

        • Steph says:

          Practicing safe sex, or abstaining is moot when your husband brings it home. It is the most prolific of all STD’s.

        • Lydisy says:

          That’s because I believe that it is recommended no older than age 26 plus some women in their 20s still feel immune to these things. From what I have read it is not effective on older women. Please correct me if I am wrong. I tried to get it in my 50s; they say 26 and under, is this due to insurance stats or is it not effective after that point in time. Regarding earth mothers, how many do not get the flu shot? This year 2016 early 2017 has had the highest outbreak of flu. People do not understand that immunization is the reason us humans in developed countries and underdeveloped countries where there are clinics for all the childhood diseases and adult flu among others. My grandmother died of pneumonia right before penicillin was in wide use. Antibiotics can be bad if overused or used inappropriately (for a cold for example) but generally the more people who do not vaccinate the higher the risk of developing complications. Immunizations provide immunity and did you know that African slaves brought this to the USA since they used it with smallpox in US south and in the caribbean, most notably Cuba where an American and Cuban scientist “discovered” the vaccine? How many people in the western world do you see with small pox or in China for that matter? These work!

    • a woman says:

      I think the same: remove the HPV vaccines, it is an error of the farmaceutics.
      There are still 2 thinks not mention to prevent the cancer (any cancer): do sport, walk 10km every day, go outside daily. In plus, the optimism and the relaxation will help the body to rest and regenerate itself.

    • Glenda says:

      your right the HPV shot more dangerous then they clame.also if women used Johnson and Johnsons powers it cause it also.and also the nut I had for a dr removed healthy limpnoids in my pelvic area cause me perment damage to my legs they swell up and feet hurt .all from them remove limpnoids in opelvic are .the nut i had for doctor was give only permission to remove the utrus and nothing more she cut me 20 inches stright up and down and took out to much…wish I could got and attorney to sue the nut I had for a doctor.I trust no doctors any more. i went threw 2 years of drain tubes and drain bags cause the nut of a Dr damaged 2 of the limpnoids she left in there and months of treatments to try shrink them down,several doctoras and all only on healed me was God from that. I do herbs now .no more nuts for Doctors

    • sam says:

      I am 21 years old now. when I was 19 I had two abortions at an interval of one month. after that I had menstrual problems. But a few months ago i was diaognised with a cyst in on my left ovary. But but i could not treat it with any medicines. now I am having a bloated stomach in my left side and above the hip on my left. And it pains at times. I have severe leg pain. and white discharge with infections from past one month which is not curing even by medicines. I have lost my appetite. and i don’t feel like eating. I get tired easily.what can it be?

      • Jenny Hills says:

        You need to visit a doctor or a specialist again to raise your concerns. If you feel that your doctor doesn’t take your concerns seriously, go to have a second opinion.

  2. Dwayne Modeste says:

    This is certainly very valid information, because one of my co-workers has cervical cancer & the serious pain that she is going through, is very difficult.

    • Teresavasquez says:

      My mom had 11 children, my aunt 21, my grandmothers 9 each and none of them had cancer my mom and aunt still alive my grandmothers passed away old on their beds.I believe that everything is very contaminated and our bodies are tired fitting with preserve food,pollution, hormones in meat, process food in general and another one stress that is killing millions of people.

  3. Helen ladin says:

    Thanks for this page, sets the picture clear for me! You told me what the doctors couldnt tell me! I was confused why i had both pain inmy stomach and in my leg as well, didnot make sence, andthe doctors d only gave me a b ank stare, when i asked them!! So thank you so much for giving me the right information! Just wish you could tell mewhat to eat to schrink the tumour?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Helen, unfortunately I have no idea what to eat to shrink a tumor and I haven’t heard about a food that can shrink a tumor. This is something that requires medical care from a professional medical practitioner.

      • maryke says:

        My mom’s mom died form overian cancer my dad’s mom died from cervical cancer 2 years ago I had my monthly for a year non stop I get cysts on my civics and overies and when I get my craps I’m in tears cause they hurt so bad I have been to so many doctors been birth control been on the shot and patches and had an iud and none of this stuff worked my mom was 32 when she had her hysterectomy done and I had told the doctors this but they still look at me and say I’m sorry your to young for a hysterectomy and I’m 34 what should I do

        • Jenny says:

          I apologize that I cannot give a specific advice as I’m not a doctor or certified health practitioner. Hysterectomy is a drastic measurement and usually the situation is monitored by various screening tests. You may also want to ask your doctor about CA 125 test (read more about it here) although it has limitations (read here).

          • sylvia says:

            Hi I just need help with something I’m 48 years old and haven’t had a period for 8 year’s but I have started again not sure what to do can someone give me some advice thanks

          • Jenny says:

            Hi Sylvia, this is something that needs to be discussed with a doctor who knows your medical history and can perform the required tests.

        • jana says:

          Find a Dr that will and don’t stop till you do. Stay strong.

        • Christine sparrow says:

          Maryke– If I was you I would find a different Doctor. Not all doctor’s feel the same about when you should or shouldn’t have something done. My mom had the same thing you are suffering with, and she was 29 years old when she had her hysterectomy done. No doctor should deny someone of having something done that helps them. I wish you luck. I know what you are go though is not pretty. My prayers are with you!!!!

        • A hysterectomy is a surgical removal of the uterus. Since it is a major surgery, it is quintessential for a woman to be aware of the ramifications and should not necessarily be considered the primary solution for heavy menstrual bleeding. A hysterectomy should be undertaken only by women for whom more conservative treatment options have not worked, who have a complete family and who understand the risk involved with this type of major procedure.

        • Jessica says:

          I’m 28 had a total hysterectomy last July,I had pcos(poly cystic ovarian syndrome) please do research on it to see if the pros out weigh the con’s for you.

      • Christa says:

        CARROT JUICE!!!! Whole organic carrots, blended very finely. Equal to about 5 lbs a day.
        It’s also a good idea to use lemon juice with it. They both have cancer fighting and shrinking qualities.

    • Miles says:

      There is many books and documentaries and information out there on how to prevent and treat cancer naturally.

      Personally I would not use the conventional route to treat or prevent cancer simply because it is not effective and does deal with the root issue that is causing the cancer to begin with.

      And to treat cancer naturally there is no magical food to take that would do the job either – rather it involves a serious life-style change that would make holistic changes within.

      Conventional methods are all tumour focused – they are all about chemotherapy, radiation and surgery; none of which deal with the root cause of the tumour, which is why even after those stressful treatments the patient still tends to have cancer after the given 5 year period.

      Natural methods deal with the factors that is causing the tumour within the body; the underlying issues, and by tackling them the tumour as a result shrinks and does not return. Natural methods focus on nutrition; what to eat to starve the tumour and stop fueling its growth, the types of food to eat to create an internal environment that is not sustainable for the tumour to exist. Detoxification – all the methods to eradicate as much toxic build up from the body, to cleanse the internal organs from all the toxic waste that has been accumulated due to our life-styles. Supplementation – substances that help boost your immune system, fight tumours etc.

      Within each of them Nutrition, Detoxification and Supplementation there is so much natural stuff out there that can be done. So rather then seeing treating cancer naturally as I have to take this to get rid of it – it is more to it than that, and involves drastic life-style changes that you would need to welcome and embrace. And understand that you are healing your body in the process and by eating strictly.

      None of which is advocated by conventional medicine. Simple things like Sugar causes cancer and fuels cancer it thrives from it is not mentioned via conventional Doctors. So cancer patience would still be eating the same nutritionally devoid foods whilst relying on conventional treatment which further damages the body rather than heals it and then they are in surprise when their cancer returns. Of course it would simply because you have done nothing to deal with the issues that led to its occurrence to begin with.

      You should watch the documentaries:
      Forks over knives
      Food matters
      Healing cancer from inside out
      Big, fat and nearly dead

      And there are so many books out there it is unbelievable that people are still genuinely ignorant when it comes to the failure of conventional treatment to treat cancer and to still think they are the only working game in town. Natural methods is more successful in treating chronic diseases not conventional.

  4. Lindsay says:

    if the HPV vaccination had been around a lot earlier, it may have helped prevent my getting cervical cancer. and who knows how many woman have been saved because they received it. Christy is clearly not educated in the marvels of modern and ever-evolving medicine or simply has never heard of horrendous viruses such as polio and smallpox being wiped out, thanks to vaccinations

  5. Martha Charles says:

    Try the sour sop leaves treatment. Just Google it for more info Helen Ladin.

  6. Zynabe says:

    Hi, My mother died at the age of 50 because of cancer, last February 2014 it was very hard to accept. August 2010 we immediately set an appointment right after a week we diagnosed that she had a ovarian stage 4 of cancer and there is no other solution except to remove her whole ovary.We hadn’t seen any signs that she got an ovarian cancer. One day we just saw her unwell and cant get up from bed and complaining she cant able to pee. We brought her to the hospital for check up and the doctor advice her to undergo for general check up and that is how we diagnose that she got ovarian cancer.After she had that surgery the surgeon advice nothing for the health maintenance of my mother.After a year we notice that my mother tummy is getting bigger and bigger looks like she is 9 months pregnant. We asked for the 2nd advice from the cancer specialist and the doctor advice her to undergo chemotherapy and after that she got well her tummy become small and she can able to do simple household thing again. Every two months she need to go for check up and after a year we notice that she`s having a strong headache almost everyday and the doctor decide that she need to undergo MRI to scan her head to figure out what is wrong and the doctor find out that she had 2 tumor on her left and right head and she need to undergo radiation therapy to kill the tumor on her head but unfortunately not. Everyday is getting harder and harder for the whole family to see her suffering because of that bad cancer.She`s always complaining because of headache and starting to affect her sight and hearing sense and even to taste the food.We had only 2 option to open her skull and remove the tumor or additional session of radiation but both has no assurance for her to get well. We don`t have any idea how she get that cancer because she like to eat only healthy food fresh from her garden she do exercise every morning she never had an affair to any other man only with my father she never try to smoke or drink alcohol.But she confess before she died that she abort her own baby.And I think that is another reason why girls can get a possible cervix or ovarian cancer.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Zynabe, I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. Unfortunately there is no guarantee in life – we can do the best we can but sometimes there are factors that are beyond our control such as genetics etc. I wish you and your family a happy and healthy life.

  7. Marj says:

    Zynabe can i ask one more question, is your mother did pap test regularly after the abortion?

  8. Eve says:

    This comment is for Christy. I’ve had my bout of cervical cancer and coming from someone who went through the ordeal, I wish I had the option of having the HPV vaccination in my younger years. This page is very informative and I’m glad it’s spreading awareness to Cervical cancer. If you think this topic has nothing to do with health then I hope you will never have to deal with any form of cancer.

  9. Julie says:

    Helen, read Defeat Cancer Now by Tamara St a John. It’s a great book about her own fight against cancer and she did it mainly with diet

  10. analyn d. Edaño says:

    i have problems of my abnormal menstration,i cannot mens if i can’t take a tablet provera.what i have to do?pls help me how to normal my mentration.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Analyn, this is something that requires a medical practitioner to take a look at and investigate the cause of the problem.

    • Renata Pracon says:

      My menstrual cycles weren’t normal i always had intense pain and i always puked my guts out, i needed 1 day to recover that is how bad i had. if i didn’t take a pain killer. But i know now how to fix that. I cured my incredible experience with diet. in low sugar and i researched online about a herbal remedy to balance my hormones i know that i had to fix that in order to get rid of my acne and facial hair. I’m no longer using pain killers cuz my pain is normal. So its possible i don’t use birth control cuz it gave me a blood clot in a leg. So basically i had my hormones off the wall. Now i feel like a new woman so to say….

    • Mary says:

      I was only 13 yrs old when I started taking provera up to the age of 25..I consulted 5 obgyne in Manila and in the province..But the same advices I used to hear always taking provera.One time I attended a health mission in our school, the doctor used a metal apparatus and there I found out I have a polycstic ovaries because of irregular menstruation. I consulted another obgyne for the last time,he gave me pills to take for three months and folic acid as my vitamins everyday.Now my menstruation is regular every month and I dont have polycystic ovaries anymore.Nothing to worried about.

    • Abnormal menstration is very common.
      A number of factors can cause this problem, such as eating disorders, significant weight loss or gain, anemia, menopause, thyroid disorders, hormonal imbalance, liver disease, tuberculosis, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, recent birth or miscarriage, polycystic ovarian syndrome, uterine abnormalities, and other health conditions.
      The following are some remedies for irregular periods.
      1. Ginger
      2. Cinnamon
      3. Sesame Seeds and Jaggery
      4. Aloe Vera
      5. Unripe Papaya
      6. Turmeric

  11. Nice post, very insightful.

  12. Susie Damke says:

    I was once diagnosed with this cervical cancer 8 years ago, I was lucky I went for several tests and everything was removed before it got worst…
    Thanks for sharing this vital information, women its not a joke, I went thru hell but because I trust God everything turn out good for me..

  13. cindy says:

    Hi im cindy I have a mayoma pls advice me bout mayoma tnx

  14. Lanie says:

    Soursop fruit or graviola leaves is the best and also aloe Vera gel freshly done from leaves very effective for cancer and tumours.just Google it how to take it in 2 weeks my major operation of my ovarian tumours it become cancelled because of aloevera fresh gel.now I’m taking graviola leaves and guyabano drinks every day for maintenance to continue shrinking my tumours.

  15. FYMA says:

    Why is it that i always get infected once i have sex with my patner whom i am faithful to? does oral sex increase the rate of cancer

  16. Grace says:

    Contraceptive users and smokers – please read for your own sakes

  17. Ashley says:

    I have had two HPV vaccinations. I didn’t start getting pain until a year or so after giving birth to my son. I’m now able to feel the cramps during ovulation whereas before, I only knew I was ovulating because of the discharge.

  18. Jim says:

    I think it’s important to mention that a lot of the symptoms described above for cervical cancer are also very common with other types of cancer and conditions. For example, cachexia (unexplained weight loss and fatigue) is a symptom of many cancers and its mechanism is poorly understood – it is thought to be due to proteins and factors derived from tumours as well as high levels of leptin. It is actually cachexia that is the cause of death in many cancers (22-40% of patients). It would be useful if references were provided to gauge whether or not some of the information on this page is accurate.

    Furthermore, the single largest risk factor for cervical cancer is undoubtedly HPV infection. Anyone who has suggested people not get the vaccine in these comments is talking complete drivel and the benefits of getting it certainly outweigh any tiny risks. HPV isn’t only a risk factor for cervical cancer – it can also lead to anal, vaginal, oral and penile cancer as well as oropharyngeal cancer, a type of head and neck cancer. When certain HPV genes are inserted into our own cellular DNA they lead to over-expression of genes that makes cells divide more frequently and inactivate tumour suppressor genes (i.e. ones which get rid of potential cancer cells) and hence cells can more easily build up several mutations, without being destroyed, which lead to them becoming cancerous.

    Also, so long as you’ve been vaccinated for HPV or your partner has then having unprotected sex cannot significantly increase your chances of cervical cancer – it of course can increase your risk of catching other STIs though.

    • Cheria simon says:

      You seem to have done your home work im up doing homework because I don’t have the option of getting all these test done right now no insurance .I did test positive twice for HPV after the first positive test I did somework and found out that there arentmany noticeable symptoms for this virus but I believe mention of a bump that appears around the vaginal area.I got this bump as child around time for my cycle my auntcalled it a period bump headless to say it wasn’t and under what circumstances I contracted this virus. I wasn’t diagnosed until I was 24.that’s a long time also diagnosed with indometrisous pelvic inflammatory disease painful bladder syndrome or medical term.but now I think something bigger might have been over looked my symptoms or worse now.I don’t even know who will give me the invasive testing to really find out what’s going on without insurance.I can maybe afford insurance now but there s the question of preexisting contains.

      • RustieLynn says:

        H-cap through the hospital it wil cover your surgeries if you qualify. Most do. I’m under income mark for hcap. But make to much to get help through a job and family services to get ins. So I had to have it fir the past three surgeries I have had to have in the past 3 years. For pre cancerous systs. Now I have to have a hysterectomy because the cells were up further then what they thought I guess. I’m only 35. Taking tubes too but leaving ovaries. I keep hearing that the cells will return where they remove them at. So I’m lost in knowing weather to demand the total hysterectomy or not. Because gonna end up returning like the last three times. I wonder how will affect me and having to take hormones to keep from going into menopause. Any advice would help. The Hcap Last like 6 months of coverage takes about a week or 2 to find out. Just ask the secretary at your clinic or hospital about H Cap. Hope that helps

  19. Jenny378 says:

    I think it’s great that any site promotes the awareness of cervical cancer and encourages Pap smears/smear tests. HOWEVER, some of this information is seriously incorrect. Cervical cancer is NOT genetic, by someone in your family having it does not mean you are at risk. Also the link between birth control and cervical cancer is weak. My dad, and his dad are both GPs in the uk. Also, my maternal grandmother had cervical cancer just last year, she’s all clear now, but I remember speaking to the specialist doctor on her ward, who also informed my family that there was no genetic link. Please check any trusted US medical website for the FACTS before believing any information you read on other sites. Or in the uk, any NHS, NICE guidelines or cancer research site should give you trusted evidence based information about this. Again I think it’s great to raise awareness but please check your facts before creating posts like this.

  20. abie says:

    I am just worried my aunt passed away because of cervical cancer,I had my Hpv vaccine and last pap smear last 2012, but not I am experiencing pain in my vagina and back pain.also colored discharge.but I eat fruits and veg including sour sop.I am using contraceptives for 10 years.

  21. caren says:

    cannibas oil !!! look up on it for real. dont knok it til u read aboutit. its known to stop tumor growth in its tracks and then shrinks the tumor til it is nomore!!!

  22. Nayana says:

    My wife nayanaa scc cirvex csncer age 28 years living in bangalore she as IIIB stage as diagnosed, Radiation & Chemotherapy completed,Any other treatments for cirvex please help us please, Doctor not given any Guarantee for life

  23. yheng says:

    My ob advise me to take pills because Im cesarean.For 2-3yrs taking pills,am I at the high risk of having that cervical or ovarian cancer?Why doctors advise to take this contraceptives?Isnt on how long you took the contraceptives?what is the best and safe to control birth?

    • Jenny says:

      Not all oral contraceptives are the same and not all of them increase risk. Also this is just one risk factor among many others. Each contraceptive method has its pros and cons. You need to consult with a doctor about all the options you have and what will work best for you according to your circumstances.

  24. Roxanne says:

    I am in my mid 40’s and have experienced unusual odors when I am on my period over the last few years. Also sometimes the blood is thinner and kind of mucousy and other times not. Sometimes my period lasts 3 days, sometimes longer. Is this normal for a perimenopausal woman to go through?

    • Jenny says:

      I’m not really sure Roxanne – I don’t have knowledge about it (I’m not a doctor). For your peace of mind it’s best to talk to your doctor to see if it’s something of concern.

  25. evalynde says:

    Help a sister here and recommend a good gnaecologist for me

  26. Ashley says:

    So this is a natural health site, yet it promotes the HPV Vaccine? :/ As someone who works in the natural health field myself, I find this very disappointing to be honest.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Ashley, first of all I’m not against conventional medicine. Second, I need to bring information also by the medical establishment and include it as an option. Every person can decide what he/she wants to do. While this is primarily a natural health site, it does not exclude conventional medicine as an option.

  27. candis says:

    I am 30 have been on depo provera since 2009 after my 2md son was born I got back on it I was on nothing because in 2007 I was diagnosed with blood clots and factor 5 laden disorder its a blood disease after taking the pill othro cyclen I have HPV the vaccine did not come out til the year after I was told I had it I have had cervical displasia twice ovarian n cervical cancer run in my immdeate family my mother had it when I was 2 ,I have severe pain during sex w my husband I have a discolored discharge after every time we have sex I want a hysterectomy to stop the PMS I am also bipolar and cannot deal w the PMS on top of my disorder n the pain w it is soooo bad I can’t hardly get outta bed I have not had a regular period since I was 12 I do not know what to do or who to see my husband always accuses me of cheating because of the discharge after sex and the pain during please help or email me something I can do

  28. Grace says:

    I was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer. I went for a pep smear and had no symptoms at all. I am very lucky that it was caught in time. Have been thru two surgeries and at the moment taking chemo. Have two more treatments and hope to be Cancer Free. Please go for your yearly exams. One never know. My oncologist said that that Ovarian Cancer is known as the killer death due to your symptoms do not appear till it is to late. So again please get your yearly exams.

  29. Mariama says:

    Hi av been discharging for more than a year now and there are times its gives out offensive odor, but av gone to The hospital and av taken differents treatments for its to stop . Its keeps going on and off. Pls help me what should i do

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Mariama, I’m not a doctor, but I believe a swab has been taken in hospital to find out what’s the cause of the discharge. The most common is a vaginal thrush and there are some natural treatments that you can try (see here), but if it still continues, especially for such a long time, you will need to seek further professional medical treatment or seek a second opinion as per your condition and treatment plan.

  30. Rieza G. says:

    Im afraid,i had experience 8 out of 10 symptoms of cervical cancer,my 1st pregnancy was when im 21yrz old.i had 2 children,symptom startd 6mos until now,am 26 i just wna know if theres any posibility that i could cure it in natural way,have no money to pay for doctors.

    • Jenny says:

      I’m not familiar with natural ways to cure cervical cancer. This is a condition that requires professional medical care rather than home remedies. This is a case where paying now for a medical advise will save you a lot of money later on.

  31. sharon says:

    Anyone who recommends or tells you that many doctors recommend the HPV vaccine are surely not well informed people. Doctors who recommend are well trained big pharmacy advocates. They are not interested in healing just giving out presciptions. The truth is out there about how dangerous the HPV vaccine is and one does not have to look far to find out how many girls have had their lives destroyed by the vaccine. Even the doctor who developed the HPV vaccine says it does not work and does not recommend it. The media does not pass this on cause the media is run by the people who profit spreading lies. I would recommend going to Dr Mercola site who has well informed articles on this and also a great article from Dr. Stephanie Seneff (Researcher from MIT) who talks about HPV. I myself have had the HPV #16 in my body for over 30 years. no cancer! I have studied why the HPV virus might start cervical cancer, but it does not necessarily give you cervical cancer. Read Dr. Seneff’s research and it will help all those who have the HPV understand and not give into the fear tactics the big pharmacy type of doctors like to use on you to take these treatments

  32. Charlene says:

    I just recently lost my mother to cervical cancer I have similar problems as my mom had I have sharp pain in my pelvic are my stomach is swollen and I seem to be retaining fluid I also suffer with severe rectal to the point can’t sit for very long. I am seeing a gyne specialist and he does not know what to tell me I have been going to him for years so he referred me to a GI doctor and there is a 2 year wait list and I am highly concerned if I have to wait that lo g I will not make it the pain is worse then my previous visit with him which was 6 mtgs or more ago he is aware of my mother having cervical cancer and my concerns I feel the the doctors are not taking me serious they did the same with my mom and kept telling her she had a UTI which I have had them before and I am aware that I do not have that so I go to the doctor and come home in tears, I can’t remember he last night that I had a full night sleep from dealing with the pain all night long. I need some direction if you can help
    Thanks so much
    Charlene Pollett

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Charlene, I understand your frustration and your concern. I’m not sure how the public health system works in your country, but waiting 2 years for an appointment with a specialist in your condition doesn’t make sense. I wish I could be more helpful but I’m not a doctor or a certified health practitioner and lacks the required knowledge in these cases. Even if money is tight, if I were you, I would go to a private specialist, where you can get an appointment within a reasonable amount of time, and see what he/she has to say. It is expensive, but I guess there is no other choice. Saving now may cost you dearly later on.

  33. Shaliya White says:

    I’m 21 and I am scared out of my mind. I have no one to talk to or hold my hand through this that I feel can understand my fear. I am not pregnant. I never have been. I got my Menstrual Cycle at 10 and for the past 11 years it has been regular. But that changed February of this year. Since I turned 21 I have not gotten a period. September will make it 9 months since I’ve seen my menstrual cycle. I have several symptoms that are consistent with the disease but I’ve been to afraid to go to a doctor for fear of what they’ll tell me. I finally got up the nerve to make an appointment for the 26th. I can use all the support and information I can get on what to do or how to handle if I am diagnosed with Cervical Cancer. Thank you

    • Jenny Hills says:

      Hi Shaliya, why do you think about the worst case scenario? there are so many other problems that women have, and it’s most likely to be something else much less sinister. It is very natural to feel anxiety and stress if something is wrong with our body. Burying the head in the sand will not eliminate the stress because it doesn’t solve the problem. But you got courage and do the right thing to find out what the problem is. Don’t forget that cervical cancer used to be a leading cause of cancer death for women in the U.S. but in the past decades the number of cases of cervical cancer and the number of deaths from it have decreased significantly, and it’s due to largely the fact that many women get regular Pap tests, which can find cervical pre-cancer before it turns into cancer.

  34. Venessa says:

    Month ago I experienced these symptoms of an abnormal discharge, pains and not having any appetite I went to see a doctor i told her about these unusual symptoms she told me it’s was some infection (STI) that i got from my partner and i couldn’t understand because its has been 8 months since we broke up and I got sick month’s later and i was given two different kinds of injections on my bum and pills to take after few days I was okay and I haven’t been seeing anyone or being in a relationship ever since later about 2months the pains came back which i thought at first it was just a bladder and they were quite painful I started having a odor discharge,pains on my cervix,problems with my urine and now am bleeding and I havent been on my periods last month

    Which confesses me on how did I get this infection againe after being cured the first time and I haven’t been in any relationship ever since please help me understand what’s really wrong?

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