According to the American Cancer Society, about 12,360 new cases of cervical cancer were diagnosed in 2014. Unfortunately, about 4,020 of those women died from the disease. In an effort to make women aware of the deadly and devastating condition, January has been declared Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.
Fortunately, New Jersey has some of the best cancer hospitals in the nation, including Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Memorial Sloan Kettering Basking Ridge. However, the best way to beat cancer is to not get it at all, or if you do, to catch it early.
The Warning Signs of Cervical Cancer
Women with pre-cancers and early cervical cancers typically don’t show any symptoms until the pre-cancer becomes a true invasive cancer and grows into a neighboring tissue. When this occurs, some of the most common signs of cervical cancer are:
- Abnormal bleeding. Women with cervical cancer often experience abnormal bleeding, such as after intercourse, in menopause, during a pelvic exam, and after douching. Additionally, she may bleed between periods or experience longer or heavier periods than normal.
- Unusual discharge. Another symptom of cervical cancer is an unusual discharge. The discharge could be watery, foul-smelling, and tinged with blood. The discharge could occur at any time, including between periods and after menopause.
- Pain and other abnormalities. Pain during intercourse and in the pelvis and back can be signs of cancer. Additionally, swelling of the legs and problems urinating can also occur.
You May Qualify for Disability
Women with cervical cancer often experience a variety of difficult setbacks because of the disease. If you are unable to work because of your condition, you may qualify to receive Social Security benefits. The attorneys of Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr. are experienced in helping people like you get the Social Security they need. Contact us today to find out what we can do.