A new study about cervical cancer revealed that it's even more deadly than previously believed. The study, done by John Hopkins Medicine and George Washington University, discovered the frequency of death from the cancer was far higher than previous studies showed.
Protect yourself by looking for the following seven signs common with cervical cancer:
1. Irregular bleeding during or between periods
Heavy bleeding during, or consistent spotting between periods is an early indication of cervical cancer. Blood with urination or stools could also happen.
Increased fatigue always accompanies an advanced stage of cervical cancer because your body is most likely losing blood. Since the desire to eat is often decreased your body isn't getting the energy it needs. This will cause weight loss.
7. Difficulty with urination or bowel movements
Since your cervix is expanding, your body will have difficulty with regular urination and bowel movements. You will feel the need to urinate more frequently.
You can protect yourself from cervical cancer by having safe sex, getting regular pap-tests and vaccination against HPV. Since the early signs can be associated with a variety of different things, like pregnancy or adjusting to birth control, your best protection comes from prevention and regular check ups.
Stacie Simpson is a FamilyShare staff writer. She loves listening to, gathering and sharing stories and advice to help others improve their quality of life. She spends most of her free time with her husband, ballroom dancing, reading and writing.