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Symptoms of the most common gynaecological cancers.

What are the 5 most common gynaecological cancers and what are their symptoms?

As women of the 21st century, I truly believe, we know and understand our bodies better now, than ever before in history! We are well versed on the ins and outs of how they work and what can go wrong. We all know atleast something about gynaecological health, whether that be from doctors, school, sex ed, research, the internet or general knowledge. In terms of gynaecological cancers there are a few, which are defiantly mentioned more than others. It is interesting though, that there are a couple of very common types of this cancer, you rarely ever hear mentioned, many of which, 74% of ladies on my social media didn't even know existed or 'were a thing' when I polled about the topic.

I think, generally, we most often hear about ovarian (34%) and cervical cancer (14.5%) which do both place in the top 3. Surprisingly, unknowingly to many, the most common form of gynaecological cancer is, womb cancer, which equates for 44% of ALL gynaecological cancer. That is a huge percentage! So if you take anything away from this article let it be knowing the symptoms of this cancer specifically. I was actually shocked myself at how little of a percentage cervical cancer held, for some reason I was always under the impression it would be a lot higher. Most ladies who responded to my poll said they had NEVER heard of vaginal or vulval cancer before and said they definitely wouldn't know the specific symptoms of them either.

All gyne cancers have individual symptoms but many do cross over, so it’s always worth knowing the warning signs. You know your body best and what is normal for YOU, so if you notice any changes big or small never ever feel silly to ask a medical professional to check these. If your doctor doesn’t seem eager to, because it’s ‘text book normal’ but you know is, not normal, for your body, or any other reason, consult a different doctor until someone listens and acts.

General symptoms to look out for;

• Abnormal vaginal bleeding

(ie. Heavier or lighter than usual, bleeding after sex or between periods 🩸)

•Change in the look, quantity or smell of discharge 💧

•Pain during or after sex

• Pelvic pain or pressure 💥

•A change in need to urinate and changes to bowels

( ie. Constipation or frequent need 💩)

• Pain or tenderness of the vulva ❤️🔥

(Eve Appeal

Of course many of these symptoms will have other much less serious causes, but it is always best to get checked out to be sure. Having your smears regularly even if you have no symptoms. Many of the cancers above will have NO SYMPTOMS until the later stages and of course you want to catch these nasty diseases as early as possible for the best chances of treating effectively. When you have a smear they will also swab for something called HPV. A virus that can heighten your risk of developing, cervical cancer specifically by 70%! (See whole previous blog post for more info on HPV).

I am currently personally in early remission from stage 4 cervical cancer at the age of 27. Before I was diagnosed I had no symptoms, out of the ordinary for me. Without the smear I had, I definitely would never have known about the cancer and for certain would not be here now to tell my story. No-one should ever have to face or see anyone they know or love face any of these diagnoses. Hopefully by knowing the warning signs we can better know how to protect ourselves and act fast.

It's so important to have your smears regularly, even if you have no concerns. A moment of discomfort could save your life and potentially that of others, who are encouraged to do the same by your actions. You know your body best, self advocate when you know something isn't right!

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Kelly xoxo

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