The Signs of Cervical Cancer to Watch-Out for as per Broadgate Clinic London Wall
Cervical cancer is one of the most significant cancers that effects women not only here in the UK, but around the world at large too. There is a national screening program here in the UK, but it nonetheless pays to know what the signs of cervical cancer are, so that if you should develop them, you can recognise them for what they might be, and have a diagnosis confirmed. For those who are seeking a cervical cancer test (or smear test as it is sometimes called) outside of the national program, we here at Broadgate Clinic London Wall operate cervical cancer screening on a walk-in basis.
The Demographics of Cervical Cancer
Approximately 3,000 women per year are diagnosed with cervical cancer. Although it may sound like a lot, it only accounts for 2% of the total number of all cancer cases diagnosed in women each year. Women of all ages can contract cervical cancer. However, women most at risk are those in the age group 30 to 45 who are still sexually active. Cervical cancer in young women below the age of 25 is quite rare. The national cervical cancer screening program can be viewed as being significantly effective. Since the program first began back in the 1980s, the number of cases diagnosed has gone down by approximately 7% per annum.
All female UK citizens in the age group 25 to 64 are invited to participate in the national cervical cancer screening program. Those in the age group 25 to 49 are called for testing every 3-years. Those in the age group 50 to 64 are called for testing every 5-years.
Statistically, when diagnosed early, up to 75% of cases of cervical cancer can be prevented. But for all its success, cervical screening isn’t infallible and does not prevent all cases developing.
What are the Signs of Cervical Cancer to Look-Out for?
The fact of the matter is that in many instances the symptoms of cervical cancer are not obvious, and often do not present at all until the disease is advanced, which is why we here at Broadgate Clinic London Wall recommend that you attend all of your NHS cervical screening appointments. If you happen to live and/or work here in London, and you are having any difficulty in making an appointment with your NHS GP, you can use the walk-in health screening services that we offer at our private clinic in London Wall.
When early stage symptoms do present, they can include:
- Instances of unusual vaginal bleeding; This is often the first noticeable symptom that most women experience, and it often occurs after sexual activity. However, bleeding at any time other than during your period should be viewed with suspicion. For the avoidance of doubt, this unusual bleeding also includes women who have gone through menopause. If you do experience any sort of unusual bleeding, you should go and see your doctor immediately, or if it is more convenient to do so, you can use the walk-in health screening facilities here at Broadgate Clinic London Wall.
- Other symptoms can include: discomfort and/or pain during sexual intercourse, and/or a vaginal discharge that has an unpleasant odour.
The Symptoms of Advanced Cervical Cancer
In many cases, cervical cancer can become more advanced, especially if you miss your cervical screen appointments and the disease is allowed to develop due to its lack of symptoms. When advanced cervical cancer is present, the symptoms can include:
- The presence of blood in your urine
- Lack of bladder control
- Pain and discomfort in your bones
- One of your legs may swell
- Inconsistent bladder and bowel function
- Chronic pain in your side and/or your back which is caused by your kidneys expanding and swelling
- You may lose your appetite for no reason
- You may suffer fatigue and a lack of energy
- You may experience unexplained weight loss
When to see your GP or drop in to the walk-in health screening services at Broadgate Clinic London Wall
If you experience any of these symptoms which cause you to suspect you may have cervical cancer (early stage or advanced stage) you must go and see your GP immediately, or drop in to the walk-in health screening services here at Broadgate Clinic London Wall. The earlier you are diagnosed, the earlier treatment can be started and the better the prognosis.