At Orange County CyberKnife, we’re proud to provide cutting-edge radiation therapy treatments like CyberKnife to patients throughout the greater Orange County area from out state-of-the-art cancer center. We treat virtually any cancerous condition, and that includes cervical cancer – but as with all forms of cancer, the best way to treat it is through early detection and treatment. Knowing the early signs and symptoms of cervical cancer is critical to catching it before it gets too serious.
What Causes Cervical Cancer?
Unlike most cancers, scientists know with certainty what causes almost all cases of cervical cancer: human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is a sexually transmitted infection that can afflict both men and women, although it only carries a cancer risk for women. Many people affected by HPV may not even show symptoms, so it’s vital to take steps to prevent transmission. While not everyone who gets HPV will develop cervical cancer, it’s a strong risk factor – and if you have HPV, it’s important to know the signs of cervical cancer.
What Are the Early Signs of Cervical Cancer?
Unfortunately, cervical cancer may not produce symptoms until an advanced stage. It’s also easy to mistake the symptoms of cervical cancer for other causes, such as a UTI or yeast infection. However, if cervical cancer does produce symptoms, these are a few of the most common:
- Abnormal bleeding, either between periods, after sex, or past menopause
- Unusual discharge
- Frequent urination
- Pain when urinating
- Generalized pelvic pain
Looking out for these symptoms is important, but this alone isn’t enough to limit the risk of cervical cancer. Talk with your doctor about how frequently you should get Pap tests, a preventive screening for cervical cancer. Getting regular Pap tests is one of the best ways to catch cervical cancer early and reduce the risk.
Contact Your Orange County Radiation Therapy Clinic
Hopefully, you can prevent cervical cancer altogether – but if you ever are diagnosed, Orange County CyberKnife can help. We’re proud to offer a variety of cancer treatments from our Orange County radiation therapy center, and we’ll work with you to develop a treatment plan that works with your lifestyle. Don’t wait: contact us today to learn more about treatment and schedule your consultation.