Cancer is something that begins in your cells. Cells are the building blocks of your body.
When things are working like they should, your body produces new cells as you need them, replacing old cells when they die. Sometimes this process does not work right. New cells develop even when you do not need them, and old cells do not die when they should.
These extra cells may form a mass called a tumor. Tumors can be benign or malignant. Benign tumors are not cancer. Malignant ones are cancer.
Cancer is not one disease but a group of diseases. Cells that are aggressive (they grow and divide without respect to normal limits), invasive (they invade and destroy adjacent tissue) and sometimes metastatic (they spread to other parts of the body) characterize these diseases.
Cervical cancer is cancer that begins in the cervix area of a woman. It is one of the most common cancers that affect the reproductive organs of a woman.
There are two main kinds of cervical cancer. They are squamous cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma. Somewhere around 80 to 90% of cervical cancers are squamous cell carcinomas. The other 10 to 20% are adenocarcinomas.
Cervical cancer is the 8th most common cancer in women in the United States. Over 10,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in America. Around 3,600 women die each year from this form of cancer. However, the good news is that the death rate from cervical cancer declined by almost 75% between 1955 and 1992, and it continues to decline by about 4% each year.
One of the dangers of cervical cancer is that it may not cause any signs or symptoms in its early stages. This is why getting a pap smear regularly is so important. As the disease advances, you may experience these signs and symptoms:
Pain during intercourse
Vaginal bleeding between periods, after menopause or after intercourse
A bloody, watery vaginal discharge that may have a foul odor and be heavy.
You or a loved one may have been diagnosed with cervical cancer. This disease may be the cause of your disability and the reason that you are unable to work.
Do you or your loved one need assistance because of this disability? Do you need financial help?
Have you or your loved one applied for that financial assistance from the Social Security Administration for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by cervical cancer? Were you or your loved one denied?
If you or your loved one decides to appeal the denial by the Social Security Administration, always remember. People who are represented by a disability lawyer like the one you will find at Disability Case Review are approved more often than people who do not have an attorney.