It can seem like there are so many potential health problems to worry about that there is just no way you can avoid every medical issue. And for the most part, that is true. We all get sick. Hopefully, the sickness we suffer from is relatively minor. 

Some people, unfortunately, will suffer from more serious health conditions. When there is a chance to avoid those issues, patients and their doctors should do everything in their power to do so. Cervical cancer is a condition that can generally be prevented and successfully treated.

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, so we thought it was good timing to list common symptoms of the condition as well as the simple tests that can help to diagnose cervical cancer or a risk for the disease. 

The Mayo Clinic lists the following as symptoms of cervical cancer: pain during sexual intercourse; bleeding after sex, after menopause and/or in between periods; unusual vaginal discharge. Women who experience any or all of these symptoms should not hesitate to talk to their doctor right away.

These medical symptoms generally only show up once cervical cancer is more advanced. Screening and treatments exist to help diagnose and treat the cancer so it doesn’t get to the advanced stage in many cases.

Your healthcare provider should give you regular Pap smears and also an HPV test to help identify the cancer or your risk of suffering from it. If any irregularities are found within those tests, it is your doctor’s job to order the proper follow-up tests and procedures in order to boost your chance at recovery. A failure in doing that job could support a case of medical malpractice in Massachusetts.