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Cervical Cancer Singapore

What Is Cervical Cancer and Its Prevalence in Singapore?

Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that occurs in the cells of the cervix, which is the lower and narrow end of the uterus that connects to the vagina. Usually, this type of cancer develops slowly over time.

Cervical cancer is one of the top 10 cancers affecting women in Singapore; where around 300 women are diagnosed annually with cervical cancer, and around 100 die from it.

Symptoms of Cervical Cancer

It must be noted that early-stage cervical cancer may not present with any symptoms. This further underscores the importance of HPV vaccination and regular cervical cancer screenings in Singapore.

In more advanced stages, warning signs of cervical cancer may include:

  • Vaginal bleeding – Women who have cervical cancer may experience vaginal bleeding following an intercourse, between periods, or post-menopause.
  • Abnormal vaginal discharge – A clear or almost yellowish-colored vaginal discharge is normal, but any change to the colour, odour, amount and consistency of the discharge may be a sign of cervical cancer.
  • Pain during intercourse – The presence and growth of tumours can cause pain or discomfort during vaginal intercourse.
  • Pelvic pain – Persistent pain or pressure in the pelvic region may be a sign of progressing cervical cancer.
  • Lower back pain – Cervical cancer doctors also advise patients to watch out for this symptom, which indicates a growing tumour.
  • Pain and swelling in the legs – During the development of cervical cancer, a tumour develops in the cervix that can press against the nerves of the pelvic wall and may result in leg pain and swelling.
  • Unexplained weight loss – Cervical cancer may affect one’s appetite, nutrient absorption process and metabolism, causing one to lose significant weight.

Should you experience any of the above, do not hesitate to visit a gynaecologist to get assessed and receive appropriate cervical cancer treatment in Singapore. At SC Quek Gynaecology, we offer a complete range of services dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cervical cancer. Call 6479 9555 for more details.

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Dr Quek Swee Chong
Dr Quek is an experienced gynaecologist of over 20 years with a specialized interest in the prevention and treatment of cervical cancer.

To that end, he serves on the board of the International Federation of Colposcopy & Cervical Pathology, and his extensive research and humanitarian work centre around HPV and cervical cancer as well.