Mercy Gynecologic Oncologist Dr. Teresa Diaz-montes Offers Insights Into Cervical Cancer Symptoms
Teresa P. Diaz-Montes, M.D., MPH, FACOG, serves as the Associate Director of The Lya Segall Ovarian Cancer Institute. She also is a noted expert and gynecologic oncologist with The Gynecologic Oncology Center at Mercy, a leading Center in Baltimore for the treatment of cancers of the female reproductive tract. Recently, Dr. Diaz-Montes responded to a Bustle.com news query regarding “sneaky symptoms” of cervical cancer. Here are her responses…
In general, why do some signs of cervical cancer so commonly go unnoticed?
Some signs of cervical cancer can be confused with menstrual problems. Cervical cancer usually affects women still having menstrual periods so it can be easily confused. Some of those signs could be abnormal bleeding, postcoital bleeding, vaginal discharge. Other signs could be confused with other medical conditions like back pain, leg swelling.
What are a few sneaky signs of cervical cancer that everyone should know?
Postcoital bleeding or bleeding after having sex: Cancer bleeds very easily upon touch, so any heavy bleeding experienced after sex that is persistent should be evaluated.
Foul smelling discharge: when cervical cancer is far advanced, women can experience a distinctive odor that does not goes away easily. This should be evaluated immediately.
Leg swelling: swelling of the legs could be a sign of several medical conditions, but when combined with vaginal bleeding, foul smelling discharge and pelvic pain, could be a sign of advanced cervical cancer. This merits immediate evaluation.
--Teresa P. Diaz-Montes, M.D., MPH, FACOG
Board Certified in Gynecologic Oncology, Dr. Teresa Diaz-Montes provides diagnosis and treatment for gynecologic cancers including ovarian cancer, cervical cancer, uterine cancer, vaginal cancer and vulvar cancer. Her primary clinical interests include ovarian cancer treatments, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, including robotic surgery, and patient safety and quality. Additional areas of interest include cervical cancer, fallopian tube cancer, fertility-sparing surgery and uterine, vaginal and vulvar cancers.
Founded in 1874, Mercy Medical Center is a university-affiliated medical facility named one of the top 100 hospitals in the U.S. by Thomson-Reuters with a national reputation for women’s health. Mercy is home to the nationally acclaimed Weinberg Center for Women’s Health and Medicine as well as the $400+ million, 20-story Mary Catherine Bunting Center. For more information visit Mercy online at www.mdmercy.com, Facebook, Twitter or call 1-800-MD-MERCY.
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