13 May 2011
Cervical Cancer: What do I need to know? Amy Bond Discusses
I have recently been instructed by two women who have recently been diagnosed with cervical cancer.Cervical cancer can occur at any age and is the second most common cancer in women under 35 in the UK. The early stages of cervical cancer are not usually associated with any symptoms.
Around 2,900 women in the UK are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year. However, cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers.
The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is the most common cause of this cancer. In most cases, HPV does not cause any harm. Occasionally, it may start to damage cells and lead to cervical cancer. Having damage of abnormal cells is not the same as having cancer, but these cells can develop into cancer if they are left untreated.
My advice to all women is to ensure that they have regular smear tests from aged 25 onwards (or earlier if they are concerned). Go to your GP if you are concerned that you may have any of the following symptoms:
- Abnormal Bleeding
- Unusual heavy discharge
- Pelvin pain
- Painduring urination
- Bleeding between regular menstrual periods or after sexual intercourse
Amy Bond is a solicitor specialising in clinical negligence. If you or a member of your family have a clinical negligence enquiry please call our expert clinical negligence solicitors on 0800 916 9049, fill in our short online claim form and one of our specialist clinical negligence team will be in touch.