As Cervical Cancer Awareness month is just around the corner, we would like to keep in mind how we can try and help reduce the risks of cancer.
- Attend cervical screening when invited
- Knowing the symptoms of cervical cancer and seeking medical advice if experiencing any
- Taking up the HPV vaccination if aged 11-18 years
An early sign of cervical cancer is unusual vaginal bleeding, such as bleeding between periods or after sex. But you do not always get symptoms
Symptoms & Signs:
- Blood spots or light bleeding between or following periods
- Menstrual bleeding that is longer and heavier than usual
- Bleeding after intercourse, douching or a pelvic examination
- Increased vaginal discharge
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Bleeding after menopause
- Unexplained, persistent pelvic and or back pain
If you think you may be experiencing symptoms or signs of cervical cancer you must seek medical advice from a GP immediately, early detection means you have a better chance of beating it.