Cervical cancer is the most common form of cancer diagnosed in women under the age of 35, making it important to keep on top of your reproductive health during cervical cancer week and beyond. According to a recent study by Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, worrying results suggest that women who are most susceptible to the illness are avoiding mandatory smear tests over body-image concerns, despite the fact that these tests can lead to the early detection of cancer cells.
As with other forms of cancer, beating cervical cancer starts with early detection and treatment. Read on for six subtle symptoms of cervical cancer the NHS advises women to be on the lookout for.
Bleeding during or after sex and abnormally long periods are great indicators as to the state of your cervical health.
Pelvic pain around your period time is normal for most, but any unexplained pelvic pains outside of your normal menstrual period can be a sign that something's wrong.
Changes in your vaginal discharge are not just a signal of infection and inflammation; changes in the smell, colour, and consistency of your discharge can also be the precursor of this life-threatening cancer.
Changes to bathroom habits
Unexplained changes to your stool and bathroom habits are symptoms of cervical cancer, and they are especially worrying when they've been happening for a while.
Feeling fatigued and lacking energy beyond what you're used to and without explanation is a common indicator that something isn't right.
Your reproductive organs are generally located in your lower-back area, so unexplained, persistent aches and pains in that area are not to be ignored.