Neither the early symptoms nor the advanced symptoms of cervical cancer are unique to the disease, and the symptoms are more often than not caused by infection or other health problems. This raise the risk of the cancer remaining undiagnosed until it reaches an advanced stage.
The American Cancer Society lists smoking, HIV infection, chlamydia infection, stress and stress-related disorders, dietary factors, hormonal contraception, multiple pregnancies, exposure to the hormonal drug diethylstilbestrol (DES) and a family history of cervical cancer, apart from infection of HPV virus as factors that place a person in risk of cervical cancers.
If you are wondering, "do I have Cervical Cancer?", note that while the symptoms remain inconclusive, the best way of early detection is though routine Pap tests, especially for those who fall under the risk factors and who encounter the symptoms. Pap test identifies changes in cervical cells before they turn into cancer, and help take remedial measures that preempt the development of malignant cancerous cells.
Cervical cancer is curable, but very often requires hysterectomy and removal of pelvic lymph nodes with or without removal of both ovaries and fallopian tubes, causing loss of reproductive capacity.