Cervical cancer is the most common gynecologic cancers among women in developing countries. Cervix is the lower part of the uterus that connects the uterus with the vagina. Over 85 per cent of the deaths due to cervical cancer have been witnessed in developing, low and middle income countries. . Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in kenyan women in the age range of 15 years to 45 year.
In the early stages of cervical cancer, a person may experience no symptoms at all.
The most common symptoms are
- Bleeding between periods.
- Bleeding after sexual intercourse
- Bleeding in post menopausal women
- Pelvic pains
- Vaginally discharged with tinged blood.
- Discomfort during sexual intercourse
Cancer is the result of the uncontrolled division and growth of abnormal cells. Most of the cells in our body have a set lifespan, and, when they die, the body generates new cells to replace them.
Abnormal cells can have two problems:
- they do not die
- they continue dividing