Cervical cancer grows very slowly for 5-10 years, possibly up to 20 years, so regular screening is the best way to detect it early and treat it.
Cervical cancer has many types, among which, squamous cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma are the most common.
When detected early, cervical cancer has a high cure rate.
Cervical cancer grows very slowly, which can take 15-20 years in people with healthy immune systems.
In immunocompromised people, cervical cancer progresses about 5-10 years faster.
This type of cancer usually has no symptoms at an early stage.
As the disease progresses, you may experience vaginal pain, low back pain, and abnormal bleeding or discharge.
However, these symptoms can also be easily confused with other gynecological conditions such as abnormal vaginal discharge, abnormal vaginal bleeding, lower back pain, pelvic pain, pain during vaginal sex, difficulty bowel movements or urination.
Changes that turn normal cells into cancer cells take place over time.