By Engracia S. Arceo, MPH, RMT
Cervix refers to the lower part of the uterus. When problems in the cervix arise, the symptoms are so general that they go unnoticed. If you are a woman aged 18 years old and above and is sexually active, it is imperative that you undergo pap’s smear to see whether you have the deadly disease. Here are some facts about cervical cancer.
Some patients who have cervical cancer do not present any sign of the illness. However, in most women, the common symptoms can include abnormal vaginal bleeding, unusual heavy discharge, and pelvic pain, pain during urination and pain and bleeding during a sexual intercourse. In rare cases, infections are also present.
The use of symptoms alone cannot diagnose cervical cancer. For the preliminary assessment, your doctor may request a pap’s smear to check for the integrity of the individual cells. Usually, cancerous cells present themselves well under the microscope. If you get a positive Pap’s smear test, further testing is required.
Women positively diagnosed with cervical cancer have many options for treatment. Surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy or a combination of all of these may be warranted. If you have questions about the treatment, you should always ask your doctor about it.