Cervical cancer is a cancer arising from the cervix. It is due to the abnormal growth of cells that have the ability to invade or spread to other parts of the body.
Early on, typically no symptoms are seen. Later symptoms may include abnormal vaginal bleeding, pelvic pain, or pain during sexual intercourse. While bleeding after sex may not be serious, it may also indicate the presence of cervical cancer.
Cervical cancer is a cancer of the cervix (the lower part of the uterus). It can happen to women at any age, but it usually occurs in midlife in women between 20 and 50. The overwhelming majority of cases are found in women who do not receive routine medical care and regular pap screenings. Fortunately, cervical cancer is a very curable disease when it is found early and treated. The major symptoms you should look for are abnormal vaginal bleeding and pain. Symptoms usually do not begin until precancerous or abnormal cells have grown into an invasive cancer. So, call your doctor as soon as you notice the changes. Regular screenings with PAP smears and HPV tests can help you discover precancerous lesions early, before they can become cervical cancer.