Patient Comments: Cervical Cancer - Risk Factors

Did you have any of the risk factors for cervical cancer at the time of your diagnosis? If so, what were they?

Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 29

I was 25 years old at the time I had severe vaginal bleeding for 8 months back and hip pain before final diagnosis of severe discarriaosis which ended up being stage 3 grade 2 cervical cancer. A year after months of chemotherapy and radiotherapy I have been told I am in remission for now.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: whaddyano, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 04

I went for my usual six-month checkup and was told that I likely had an increase in my white cell count. I was told to go to a specialist to have it further tested. I went to the specialist and had a biopsy. She told me it would require “treatments.” It turns out that I had a fast growing cancer. Four months later, I had a radical hysterectomy, and thankfully, no cancer was found in my surrounding lymph nodes, which meant the chance for a cure was great. There was no cancer before ever. I went to my appointments every six months. I have no family history of cervical cancer (only breast cancer); I've never had any STDs; I haven't had multiple sex partners; and I don't HPV. Perhaps, when people are aware that one has cervical cancer, they won't look at it as being a "dirty woman" disease like my family did. What a disgrace! Cervical cancer happens because it happens, the risk factors increase chances.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: Mel, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 19

I was diagnosed with cervical cancer in May. It took 11 months for the doctors to figure this out. I went to the doctor in June because of very heavy vaginal discharge. I bled on occasion during intercourse. At 1st they thought I had polyps, then they thought I had an infection and gave me antibiotics and was told to come back in three months. After three months they gave me an appointment for a colposcopy. In mid May I had my appointment for the colposcopy, but by then the tumor had grown so quickly that my only option for treatment was a radical hysterectomy and a pelvic lymphoidectomy. I had that June 4. They say they got all the cancer, but I still have to go for chemo and radiation as a preventative measure to reduce the chances of the cancer reoccurring.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Published: July 31

I was diagnosed with Cervical Cancer. I do not know the: stage/grade as yet. My symptoms included: heavy bleeding (changing pads every hour), bleeding while not menstruating, back pain that radiates from hip to hip, severe cramping, diarrhea, discharge, and fatigue. From the amount of physical/sexual abuse I suffered as a child, I hadn't had a pap smear in 9 years. I had begun periods at 10 years of age, which had always been irregular. I have felt unwell for a long time, but when I started to bleed in this way, I knew I had to seek out help. I am 41 years old, never given birth to child, have NOT used birth control pills, and am scheduled for a CT scan of my abdomen/pelvis tomorrow.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: Clara , 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 17

I went for a routine pap smear after my second son was born and was shocked to be diagnosed with pre cancerous cells. I was 30 years old and was not sexually active as a teenager, did not have multiple partners, and there was no other cancer in my family. I was shocked for about a month. I was given counseling and was told to complete my family and have myself retested and to remove my cervix. (I have to add that I am a nurse and knew what cervical cancer looked like when it's at its worst.) I separated from my partner and moved to another city. Once there, I had to get my life on track again and make peace with me having cancer. I was working with this good obstetrician and learned to trust and respect him. I decided to have another pap smear two years after the initial one and was diagnosed with no precancerous cells at all. It was as if I was living a dream. I asked this doctor if the cancer might have gone into remission, and he said no, it was never there to begin with.

Was this comment helpful?Yes
Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 17

My daughter was diagnosed with small cell carcinoma of the cervix. Her symptoms were pain during sex and a slight discharge. After two weeks, she went to the doctor. A pap was done, and they found a tumor the size of a softball. She was hospitalized right away and chemo was started. She came through great, and then they did radiation. That has been two years ago. A positive attitude and a supportive family is very important. I also would like to add that she received no help from the American Cancer Society or any other organization. I made 22 calls, and if she would have had breast cancer she could have received all kinds of help!

Was this comment helpful?Yes

Patient Comments

Viewers share their comments

Cervical Cancer - Symptoms Question: What symptoms did you experience with cervical cancer?
Cervical Cancer - Treatments Question: What treatment has been effective for your cervical cancer?
Cervical Cancer - Share Your Experience Question: Did you have cervical cancer or a precancerous cervical condition? Please share your experience.
Cervical Cancer - Diagnosis Question: Please discuss the tests or exams that led to a diagnosis of cervical cancer.
Cervical Cancer - Share Surgery Experience Question: Did you have a surgical procedure to treat cervical cancer or a precancerous condition? Please share your experience.

Patient Comments are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your physician or other qualified health provider because of something you have read on MedicineNet. The opinions expressed in the comments section are of the author and the author alone. MedicineNet does not endorse any specific product, service or treatment.

Alert If you think you have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Health Solutions From Our Sponsors