Why you should start thinking about cervical cancer.
Did you know that cervical cancer is one of the most common types of cancer among women? With nearly 13,000 new cases of cervical cancer diagnosed every year, cervical cancer is far too common. Unfortunately, not many women give cervical cancer a second thought, but they should. Cervical cancer is responsible for over 4,000 deaths in the United States every year, but it is very treatable if you catch it early, so it is important to be informed about cervical cancer.
What causes cervical cancer?
Although the exact cause of cervical cancer hasn’t been nailed down, it is clear that human papillomavirus (HPV) plays a huge role. HPV is incredibly common. In fact, it is thought that most adults have been infected with HPV at some point in their life. Some forms of HPV may have symptoms, but some women experience absolutely no symptoms at all. It is also important to note that not all types of HPV lead to cervical cancer.
What are the symptoms of cervical cancer?
Symptoms of cervical cancer can include pain during intercourse, abnormal vaginal discharge, pain in the lower pelvis and abnormal bleeding. However, one of the scariest things about cervical cancer is that many women don’t see any symptoms at all.
Although all women should be aware of cervical cancer, you should also know that it is one of the most preventable types of cancer, and if you catch it early, it is also very treatable. Do you have questions or concerns about cervical cancer? Contact our obstetrics clinic in Sarasota today! Stay tuned for our next blog to learn about how to prevent cervical cancer.