Cervical cancer has become a widespread disease.
Today it is the second most dangerous disease in the world, in addition to breast cancer.
Unfortunately, cervical cancer does not always show symptoms in the early stages of the disease, but regular testing (Pap test) can help you detect abnormal cervical cells that cause cancer.
In addition, doctors warn of early signs and symptoms of this fatal disease in women, which should never be ignored.
As already mentioned, the early stages of the disease often go without symptoms. However, the first symptoms that indicate that the cancer has spread include the following:
A number of women in the early stages of cancer suffer from swelling and pain in the legs. After the first stage, the cervix is swollen and may disable the normal blood flow, leading to swelling and pain in the legs.
Cervical cancer can also be detected using a urine test. If the cancer is diagnosed in this manner, this means that the tumor is already in the fourth stage and the abnormal tissue is expanded to the bladder and affects its function.
A common symptom in women suffering from cervical cancer is a burning sensation when urinating. It is important to know that urinary problems are not necessarily a sign of a urinary infection, so it is best to visit a gynecologist.
Bleeding that occurs between regular menstrual cycles should be tested so that certain measures are taken on time. In the first stage, the cancer cells can be on the surface of the cervix or deeper in the cervical tissue. As the tumor develops, menstrual cycles become more difficult, irregular and often accompanied by pain in the pelvis, spine or legs. Some patients even experience swelling of the lower extremities, which is a sign that the tumor entered the final stage.
The vessels are then under pressure and disruption to the normal flow of blood. Cancer cells can also spread to the bladder, causing a burning sensation or blood in the urine. When the tumor has spread to the rectum, you can often notice different symptoms, including anal pain and blood in the stool.
If the tumor has spread to the urethra, or upper urinary tract, it can lead to hydronephrosis – kidney swelling due to accumulation of urine or renal insufficiency.
In later stages, vesicovaginal fistula may be formed, which extends between the bladder and vagina and leads to continuous involuntary passage of urine into the vaginal vault. Also, it may actually be an abnormal connection between the lower part of the colon, rectum and vagina.