Caution is in order. For women, it would be essential to pay attention to vaginal discharge as changes in smell or consistency could be a sign of cervical cancer.
Early diagnosis could save millions of lives. And the best way to spot the first signs or symptoms of cancer is to know your own body and observe any abnormalities it might have. Thus, any bump or other change could lead to consulting a health professional earlier and therefore increase his chances of survival.
But as several scientists point out, it is not only the physical changes to which we must be attentive. Changing odors could also be an early warning sign. For women, it would be essential to pay attention to vaginal discharge as changes in their smell or consistency could be a sign of cervical cancer.
“By spotting signs of risk at an early stage, it means any abnormal cells can be treated quickly before they potentially develop into cancer.”recalled Dr. Nikki Kanani, general practitioner.
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“It could save your life”
But besides observing the vaginal discharge, there would not actually be any obvious symptoms during the early stages of the disease. This is why it is strongly recommended to carry out a smear regularly. This is a preventive test in which a swab is used to detect abnormal cells on the cervix before they become potentially cancerous. “We know this can be embarrassing and you can easily put it off, but accept your invitation because getting checked could save your life,” he warned.
Each year, nearly 3,000 women develop cervical cancer and 1,000 women die from it. Cervical cancer is attributable in the vast majority of cases to a persistent infection with a high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV), a very frequent infection, transmitted by sexual contact.
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