Today, June 17, 2015, I was diagnosed a cervical cancer, stage 2B, which means the cancer is more than 4 cm and already spread to the upper part of the vagina and nearby tissues and on the right side even close to urinary tracks so a surgery is not possible in my case. This blog is designed as my journal as a cancer patient from the symptoms I got on the early stage in which I ignored because I feel it is very uncomfortable to be checked on this area. I am confident I will be cured but anyway still have anxiety and afraid sometimes. I know most of the patients of this kind of cancer survived so I have to stay positive too.
I hope this blog would contribute a bit help to other women all over the world to avoid this kind of illness. Please follow me to my battle against this deadly disease.
Cervical cancer occurs when abnormal cells on the grow out of control. The cervix is the lower part of the uterus that opens into the vagina. Cervical cancer can often be successfully treated when it’s found early. It is usually found at a very early stage through a Pap test.
Cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers in women worldwide. But in Sweden and other countries where cervical cancer screening is routine, this cancer is not so common. As part of your regular pelvic exam, you should have a Pap test. During a Pap test, the doctor scrapes a small sample of cells from the surface of the cervix to look for cell changes. If a Pap test shows abnormal cell changes, your doctor may do other tests to look for precancerous or cancer cells on your cervix.
It’s important for women to have regular Pap tests. A Pap test can find changes in cervical cells before they turn into cancer. If you treat these cell changes, you may prevent cervical cancer.
Abnormal cervical cell changes rarely cause symptoms. But you may have symptoms if those cell changes grow into cervical cancer. Symptoms of cervical cancer may include:
- Bleeding from the vagina that is not normal, such as bleeding between menstrual periods, after sex, or after menopause.
- Pain in the lower belly or pelvis.
- Pain during sex.
- Vaginal discharge that isn’t normal.
Although these signs can indicate an early stage of cervical cancer, more serious symptoms appear in the later or advanced stages. Most common symptoms of advanced cervical cancer include:
- blood in your urine,
- loss of bladder control,
- bone pain,
- swelling of one of your legs,
- severe pain in your side or back caused by swelling in your kidneys,
- changes to your bladder and bowel habits,
- loss of appetite,
- weight loss,
- tiredness and a lack of energy.
So I’m telling you now ladies, if you feel any of the above symptoms please consult your doctor immediately for security sake.
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What Is Cervical Cancer?
The cervix is the lower part of the uterus, where it contacts the vagina. Cancer of the uterine cervix affects over 12,000 women each year in the U.S. Most cases of cervical cancer are actually caused by an infectious agent, the human papillomavirus. It is highly curable when detected early enough.
Cervical Cancer Survival Rates
Surviving cervical cancer depends upon the stage, or extent of spread, at the time it is found. Based upon women diagnosed between 2000 and 2002, 5-year survival rates ranged from 93% for cancers detected early to 15% for cancers that were widespread. But treatments and outlook are constantly improving, and these odds may be better today. And no statistics can predict exactly how one person will respond to treatment.
Cervical Cancer Stages
The stage of cervical cancer refers to the extent to which it has spread. Stage 0 means that the cancer cells are found on the surface of the cervix, and stage I means the cancer is localized to the cervix. Spread to the upper part of the vagina signals a stage II cancer. Stage III tumors extent to the lower vagina, and in Stage IV, the tumor has spread to the bladder or rectum, or to distant sites in the body.
Cervical Cancer Vaccine
Vaccines are available to prevent infection with the types of HPV most likely to cause cancers. Cervarix and Gardasil are two vaccines that require three shots over a 6-month time period. Gardasil also protects against the two types of HPV that most commonly cause genital warts.
Who Should Get the HPV Vaccine?
The vaccines do not treat existing HPV infection, but they may prevent it. For best results, they should be given before the individual becomes sexually active. The CDC recommends giving girls the three-vaccine series at age 11 or 12. Girls and women aged 13 to 26 can receive a catch-up vaccine.