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8 little known symptoms of cervical cancer you should watch out for

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We hear all about the symptoms of breast cancer on a regular basis, but there’s another type of cancer that is common in women: cervical cancer. According to Cancer.net, “Cervical cancer begins when healthy cells on the surface of the cervix change and grow out of control, forming a mass called a tumor.”

According to Cancer Treatment Centers of America, the cancer isn’t easy to catch in the early stages, because there aren’t noticeable symptoms. In order to catch cervical cancer and start treatment, women are advised to get a pap smear once a year, starting at age 21.

However, if you feel like something’s off and you still have a while until your next yearly appointment, it’s important that you know the symptoms of cervical cancer and see a doctor right away. Here are some of the symptoms you should watch out for:

1. Abnormal vaginal bleeding and discharge

Any changes to your period should be discussed with your doctor. If your flow gets heavier than usual, you’re bleeding when you’re not supposed to be or if you have unusual discharge, you should talk to your doctor as soon as possible to find the cause. It may not even be cervical cancer, but it’s important to find the cause of any period irregularity.

2. Pelvic pain

Pelvic pain is also a symptom of cervical cancer. According to Prevention, it can be anything from a sharp pain to a dull ache. If this pain is new, recurring and is unrelated to your cycle, you’ll want to talk to your doctor.

3. Pain during sexual intercourse

Pain during sex can be caused by many other things, but if you’re suddenly feeling pain when you never have before, it could be a sign of cervical cancer. Don’t panic and assume you have cancer though – bring up your concerns with your doctor to figure out what’s going on.

4. Leg pain or swelling

You might experience leg pain or swelling when your cancer is in more advanced stages. See your doctor immediately if this occurs. Even if it’s not cervical cancer, you can prevent or fix any other health problems that might be the culprit.

5. Bone fractures

Bone fractures are another sign of a more advanced cervical cancer. When the cancer spreads, it can affect your bones, causing them to fracture easily.

6. Unexplained weight loss

Unexplained weight loss can come from many different health problems, but keep cervical cancer in mind when you experience this symptom (especially if paired with others on this list). If you experience a drop in weight and you haven’t changed your diet or exercise routine, you should talk to a doctor.

7. Bleeding after menopause

If you’ve already been through menopause and you start experiencing vaginal bleeding, you should see a doctor to figure out what’s wrong. This is a common symptom of cervical cancer and should be looked at immediately.

8. You have a history of smoking

This isn’t a symptom of cervical cancer, but it’s definitely a risk factor. If you smoke or have a history of smoking, Prevention warns that your “tobacco habit could roughly double [your] risk for the disease.”

If you have any of these symptoms, don’t jump to conclusions and assume you have cervical cancer. Take a deep breath, call your doctor and stay calm. If you do end up having this type of cancer (or any other ailment), your doctor will walk you through the next steps you need to take.

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Zimbawe’s doctor goes missing after masterminding strike

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Fearless Zimbabwe’s minister of health has called on the government to address insecurity lapses that has lead to the disappearance Peter Magombeyi, the head of a doctor’s union, who disappeared on Saturday.

Fears are rising over the fate of Zimbabwe medical doctor Dr Peter Magombeyi after he sent a message to say he had been abducted in that country by unknown persons – apparently for demanding a “living wage”.

An AFP report earlier on Sunday quoted the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctor’s Association (ZHDA) as saying Magombeyi had not been heard from since he sent a WhatsApp message on Saturday night saying he had been “kidnapped by three men”.

Zimbabwe doctors, who earn a miserly equivalent of about R3 000 are on strike to press for better wages, equipment and medicines in state hospitals.

The ZHDA has reportedly accused state security forces of abducting the doctor because of his role in organising work stoppages.

This week some doctors said the death of deposed Robert Mugabe, 95, in a Singapore hospital on 6 September was an indication of how bad health services in Zimbabwe

“Dr Magombeyi’s crime is only to ask for a living wage for his profession. This is a reflection of the troubles born out of refusal to implement Political Reforms.”

The Zimbabwe government led by Emmerson Mnangagwa has not publicly commented on the doctor’s disappearance

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Turkey: Group calls for immediate action against Femicide

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Emine Dirican, a beautician from Istanbul, tried to be a good wife. But her husband hated that she worked, that she socialized, even that she wanted to leave the house sometimes without him.

She tried to reason with him. He lashed out.

“One time, he tied me — my hands, my legs from the back, like you do to animals,” recalls Dirican, shuddering. “He beat me with a belt and said, ‘You’re going to listen to me, you’re going to obey whatever I say to you.’ “

She left him and moved in with her parents. In January, he showed up, full of remorse and insisting he had changed. She let him in.

In her mother’s kitchen, he grabbed her by the hair, threw her to the floor and pulled out a gun.

“He shot me,” she says. “Then he went back to my mom and he pulled the trigger again, but the gun was stuck. So he hit her head with the back of the gun.”

Her father, who was in another room in the house, heard the gunshots and ran over. Dirican almost bled to death after a bullet ripped through a main artery in one of her legs.

“I was telling my father, ‘Daddy, please, I don’t want to die.’ “

Femicide — killing women because of their gender — is a longstanding issue in Turkey. Nearly 300 women have been killed so far this year, according to the Istanbul-based advocacy group We Will Stop Femicide, which has been tracking gender-related deaths since Turkish authorities stopped doing so in 2009.

Source Npr news

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