Cervical cancer symptoms: Common signs you could confuse with other illnesses

Cervical cancer symptoms are not always obvious, and signs of the condition may only begin to show after it’s reached an advanced stage.

But, there are some signs of the condition that you could confused with everyday illnesses.

Diarrhoea and weight loss could be signs of cervical cancer that’s spread out of the cervix, and into surrounding tissue and organs, according to the NHS.

Other symptoms of the cancer include constipation and swollen legs.

“If you are experiencing any or all of these symptoms or are concerned about any new symptom you should make an appointment to see your GP as soon as possible,” said charity Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust.

“You should report these symptoms even if you have recently had a cervical screening [smear test] that came back normal.

“Remember, these symptoms can be associated with many other conditions that are not cancer related.

“But, attending all of your cervical screening appointments could help to slash the risk of developing the cancer.”

Unusual vaginal bleeding is a more common sign of cervical cancer, and is usually the first noticeable symptom of the disease.

Bleeding at any time - other than during your monthly menstrual cycle - is considered unusual, according to the NHS.

You should see a GP if you have any unusual vaginal bleeding.

Pain and discomfort during sex, or having an unpleasant smelling vaginal discharge, could also be symptoms of the cancer, and should be checked by a medical professional.

You can lower your risk of developing cervical cancer by having protected sex, or having the HPV vaccine.

If you do develop the cancer, it can be quickly detected by having regular screening tests - otherwise known as the smear test.

The screening - otherwise known as the smear test - checks the health of cells in the cervix.

You should have the test every three years if you’re aged 25 to 49, or every five years if you’re 50 to 64 years old.

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