A third of women more likely to visit doctor with a cold than a symptom of cervical cancer
A survey commissioned by a leading charity has unearthed the worrying fact that millions of women are ignoring the symptoms of cervical cancer.
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According to research by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, 79% of women said they would pay a visit to the doctor if they had a cold that lasted more than three weeks, but only 50% would seek medical advice if they experienced abnormal bleeding.
This is despite the fact that bleeding outside of a period is one of the main symptoms of the disease.
Moreover, around 63% of busy mums with three or more children in their household said they would put off a trip to the doctor if they thought something was wrong with their body, preferring to wait and see if it got better or worse.
The results also show that women aged between 18 and 24 are dismissing the symptoms of cervical cancer as normal.
Robert Music, Director, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, said: “It is worrying to see that many [...] are prepared to put up with these conditions dismissing them as normal and just part and parcel of being a woman.”
Of the women who had experienced symptoms before being diagnosed with cervical cancer, nearly 70% said they were unaware that their symptoms were related to the disease.
Mr Music said that many women who experienced symptoms and went on to be diagnosed with the disease either delayed or ignored the warning signs, with some only seeking medical advice a year after the signs surfaced.
“A delayed diagnosis could result in a more advanced stage of cancer which in turn may lead to more invasive treatments, a poorer quality of life and ultimately a lower chance of survival,” he warned.
“Every day in the UK nine women are diagnosed and nearly three women die from the disease. Early detection is therefore key to improving survival rates and quality of life.”
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