January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, which makes this a good time to learn more about cervical cancer.
Early-stage cervical cancer generally produces no signs or symptoms. Indications of more advanced cervical cancer include vaginal bleeding after intercourse, between periods or after menopause; watery, bloody vaginal discharge that may be heavy and have a foul odor; and pelvic pain or pain during intercourse.
It isn’t clear what causes cervical cancer, but it’s certain that HPV plays a role, along with environmental factors and lifestyle choices.
Learn more about the risk factors for cervical cancer and what you can do to keep yourself healthy.