The charity Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, is calling for woman to be more aware of the signs of cervical cancer, as new figures show that women are more likely to take action for a persistent cold than if they were to experience abnormal bleeding, which is a key symptom of the disease.
In the survey commissioned by the charity, 79% of women said they would see a doctor for a cold, compared to only 50% if they bled outside of a period, or experienced pain, discomfort and bleeding during or after sex.
The YouGov survey showed a lack of symptoms awareness in women who went on to develop cervical cancer. It was also found that from the women who had experienced the symptoms prior to diagnosis of cervical cancer, almost 70% of women were not aware these symptoms were related to the disease.
Robert Music, Director of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust said: “Whilst early stage cervical cancer is often symptomless, we have found through women we have spoken to who experienced symptoms and went on to be diagnosed with the disease, many either delayed or ignored the warning signs, only seeking medical advice months, and in some cases over a year after first seeing the signs. 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”.
Robert continues: “Symptoms for cervical cancer like abnormal bleeding and pain during sex can be quite common so it’s understandable that women may not take urgent action. However it is worrying to see that many, including the highest age group, are prepared to put up with these conditions dismissing them as normal… Whilst cervical cancer is extremely rare with girls under 25 they too should feel confident enough to visit the doctor if there is anything unusual or painful for their body”.