What are the symptoms of cervical cancer as Jo Wilson reveals diagnosis

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Sky Sports presenter Jo Wilson has announced she has been diagnosed with stage 3 cervical cancer.

The 37-year-old host, who has been a firm fixture on the sports broadcaster since 2015, revealed she is undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment following her diagnosis this summer.

Mrs Wilson explained she had gone for a routine smear test in June, with the results detecting signs of cancer. In July, further tests showed the broadcaster was battling 3b cervical cancer and it had already spread to two lymph nodes.

The presenter explained that she was due a smear while pregnant with her daughter Mabel in 2020 but following a traumatic forceps delivery, where they both caught sepsis, she delayed getting it done.

The host, who has bravely gone public with her diagnosis during Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month, added she’s “hanging onto the positives”.

What are the symptoms of cervical cancer and how do you get tested?

What are the symptoms of cervical cancer

Cervical cancer is a cancer that’s detected anywhere in the cervix. According to the NHS, almost all cervical cancers are caused by an infection from certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV).

If you have cervical cancer, some of the symptoms you may encounter are unusual vaginal bleeding, having heavier periods, changes to your vaginal discharge, pain during sex, pain in your lower back, or pain in your hip bones or your lower tummy.

Anyone with a cervix can get cervical cancer and you’re more at risk if you’re under 45 as it’s more common in younger people.

You also have a heightened risk if you have a weakened immune system such as HIV or AIDS, or have given birth under the age of 17.

How do you get tested

Cervical cancer can be detected through a smear test. It usually grows very slowly so it can be found and treated before it spreads.

All women between the ages of 25 and 64 are invited for regular cervical screening. If the cervical screening finds changes to your cells that are caused by HPV, you will be referred to a colposcopy for a closer look.

For more information about cervical cancer visit Jo’s Trust, the UK’s leading cervical cancer charity or call the helpline 0808 802 8000.