Every year thousands of American women are still affected from cervical cancer. It occurs in the cells of the cervix, the lower part of the uterus that connects to the vagina. It is estimated, approx 13,000 new cases of cervical cancer are treated each year.
For women, cervical or cervix cancer can be deadly. While statistics about this cancer is frightening, cervical cancer can be prevented, and treated if caught early.
Sometimes there are no symptoms with early stage cervical cancer. Symptoms often appear once the tumour grows into surrounding tissues and organs.
The signs for cervical cancer may not be as obvious or apparent as breast cancer but there are ways to observe the signs.
Visit gynecologist immediately if you notice these symptoms-
Some recognized symptoms associated with cervical cancer
Light bleeding between or following periods
Menstrual bleeding that is heavier than usual
Bleeding after intercourse, douching, or a pelvic examination
Pain during sexual intercourse
Bleeding after menopause
Increased vaginal discharge
Blood in your urine
Loss of bladder control
Swelling of one of your legs
Back pain caused by swelling in your kidneys
Signs of advanced stages of cervical cancer
Loss of appetite
Tiredness and a lack of energy
Leakage of urine or feces from the vagina
Prevention tips of cervical cancer
-Carotenoids, a source of vitamin A, great for preventing cervical cancer risk. Eat fruits, vegetables, also include orange foods such as carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and winter squash in your diet.
-Studies suggest that foods rich in folate (vitamin A) also reduce the risk of cervical cancer. Food rich in folate are Avocados, Lentils, Orange juice and Strawberries.
-Quit smoking and avoid second hand smoke.
-Regular cervical screening is the best way to identify abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix at an early stage of this deadly disease.
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