Cervical cancer develops very slowly. It can take years or even decades for the abnormal changes in the cervix to become invasive cancer cells. Cervical cancer might develop faster in people with weaker immune systems, but it will still likely take at least 5 years.
Is cervical cancer slow growing?
Cervical cancer is a slow-growing malignancy. In fact, once cells in the cervix begin to undergo abnormal changes, it can take several years for the cells to grow into invasive cervical cancer.
Can you have cervical cancer for years and not know it?
Undetected, pre-cancerous changes can develop into cervical cancer and spread to the bladder, intestines, lungs, and liver. It can take years for pre-cancerous changes to turn into cervical cancer. Patients with cervical cancer do not usually have symptoms until the cancer is advanced and has spread.
Can cervical cancer develop between smears?
No. There is no evidence that daughters and other female relatives of women with abnormal smears, pre-cancerous cells (CIN) or cervical cancer have an increased risk of abnormal smears, pre-cancerous cells or cervical cancer.
What were your first signs of cervical cancer?
Early signs of cervical cancer
- Vaginal bleeding that occurs between menstrual periods or after menopause.
- Vaginal discharge that is thick, odorous or tinged with blood.
- Menstrual periods that are heavier or last longer than usual.
- Vaginal bleeding or pain during sexual intercourse.
What are the symptoms of Stage 1 cervical cancer?
Cervical Cancer: Symptoms and Signs
- Blood spots or light bleeding between or following periods.
- Menstrual bleeding that is longer and heavier than usual.
- Bleeding after intercourse, douching, or a pelvic examination.
- Increased vaginal discharge.
- Pain during sexual intercourse.
- Bleeding after menopause.
How long can you have HPV before it turns into cancer?
Most of the time HPV infections go away on their own in 1 to 2 years. Yet some people stay infected for many years. If you don’t treat an HPV infection, it can cause cells inside your cervix to turn into cancer. It can often take between 10 and 30 years from the time you’re infected until a tumor forms.
Do you feel unwell with cervical cancer?
Advanced cervical cancer means that a cancer that began in the cervix has spread to another part of the body. Symptoms depend on where the cancer is in the body. They might include: tiredness and feeling unwell.
How long can you live with untreated cervical cancer?
The prognosis for invasive cervical cancer depends on the stage. More than 90% of women with stage 0 survive at least 5 years after diagnosis. Stage I cervical cancer patients have a 5-year survival rate of 80% to 93%.
Why does cervical cancer take so long to develop?
Cervical cancer is a very slow developing cancer. It takes a long time for an HPV infection to become an invasive cancerous growth. The slow growth of cervical cancer is why Pap tests are so effective at preventing cervical cancer.
Is cervical cancer discharge constant?
If cervical cancer lacks oxygen, some cells may die off, infecting the tumor. The infection is what creates a foul-smelling vaginal discharge. If the discharge is continuous and appears to be pale, watery, brown, or mixed with blood, you should contact your doctor.
Can you have a normal Pap smear and still have cervical cancer?
Introduction: While Papanicolaou (Pap) smears have resulted in a significant decline in cervical cancer incidence and mortality, our clinical experience indicates some women still present with locally advanced cervical cancer (LACC) despite having received Pap smear screening.