What Cervical Cancer Entails

By Peter Gitundu

Cervical cancer, also known as invasive endometrial adenocarcinoma, is one of a woman’s worst nightmares. It is a Cancer that forms in tissues of the cervix (organ connecting the uterus and vagina). It is usually a slow-growing disease that may not have symptoms but can be found with regular Pap tests (a procedure in which cells are scraped from the cervix and looked at under a microscope). The mere thought of it sends shivers down the spine all the way to the smallest toe!

The first stage of this disease may not be exhibiting or causing any symptoms. Moderate pain during intercourse and vaginal may be slightly experienced in this stage. In advanced cervical cancer one may one may go through appetite loss, weight loss , fatigue, pelvic pain, legs and back aches, swelling of legs, heavy vaginal bleeding and leaking of urine or feces from the vaginal.

These cancers work its approach through different phase, or exist in areas that are measured in stages: in phase I, the cancer raids the cervix under the top stratum of cells. In phase II, it extends past the cervix into close by tissues, to the upper part of the vagina, to the pelvic wall. In phase III, the extending continues to the lower part of the vagina, and may be spreading into the pelvic wall and nearby lymph nodes. And in phase IV, the cancer has extended to the least secluded or secures parts of the body such as the bladder, liver, rectum, lungs and additional organs of the body.

There are a variety of treatments for the cervical cancer; there is surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, vaccine therapy. Cancer can be detected by screening, testing, tumor markers and biopsy procedures. With new technologies as this the rate of deaths has drastically decreased.[source]


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