Women are uniquely at risk for cancer of the cervix and there are a number of risk factors to take into account when considering the likeliness of cervical cancer. These include whether or not you’ve contracted HPV, if you eat a whole diet, have used birth control, have HIV, smoke cigarettes, or if it’s just in you’re genetics. Here are some things to watch out for.
1. Pain in the legs
This may be a sign of early cervical cancer. Pain and swelling in the legs can be caused by obstructed blood flow.
2. Vaginal discharge
This is a sign of cervical cancer and about a zillion other potential health problems. See a doctor.
3. Unusual bleeding
This can sometimes be common, but if its recurring, it may be time to consult a physician, particularly if it’s between menstrual periods.
4. Discomfort when urinating
This can reveal cervical cancer in several ways. You may experience burning, stinging, or a tight sensation. This is another symptom to see a doctor about either way.
5. Irregular urination
This is something that can be hard to keep track of, but you’ll know it when you see it. Bladder control is the primary issue here. Not being able to control your bladder is a sign of cervical cancer. Especially if it’s coupled with blood in the urine.
6. Irregular menstrual cycles
This can be a sign of any number of things too and something worth discussing with your OBGYN. It can also be a sign that you’re at a much higher risk for cancer and will require regular screenings.
7. Sex is uncomfortable
Sometimes painful when cervical cancer has taken hold. There are several reasons it could be difficult. Something else to chat with your physician about.
8. Pain in the pelvis
This can be a sign of tumors, though cramping in that area can also just be menstruation.
9. Back pain.
Same as above.