What is Primary Malignant Melanoma of the Cervix?
Primary malignant Melanoma of the cervix is a very rare type of tumour and originates from the melanin cells of the cervix. It usually affects older females with the mean age of development of the tumour is 61 years.
What is Cervix?
The cervix is the lower part of the uterus; it is cylinder-shaped and connects the uterus with the vagina in the female body.
There is no well-known cause.
Signs and Symptoms
In the early stages of cervical adenocarcinoma, the patient usually does not have any signs or symptoms. The common signs and symptoms are:
- Bleeding from the vagina after sexual intercourse
- Abnormal bleeding from the vagina between the two menstrual cycles
- Pain in the pelvic region or lower part of the abdomen during the sexual intercourse
- Pain while passing urine
- The feeling of discomfort in the pelvic region
Following diagnostic tests and procedures can be used to make the diagnosis. These are
- Complete blood count ( CBC)
- Serum tumour markers
- Imaging techniques like ultrasonography (USG), CT-scan, MRI, and X-Ray to detect the site, size, and extent of the tumour.
- Pelvic examination through per-speculum examination of the vagina, cervix, and ovaries. A speculum is a gynecological instrument used to visualize the vaginal wall, cervix, uterus, and ovaries to detect any abnormality.
- Pap Smear
Surgical removal of the tumour along with radiation therapy is the main treatment option. In an advanced stage of the tumour, the entire uterus is removed, along with nearby lymph nodes, to stop the tumour from spreading to distant parts of the body. Chemotherapy is also an effective treatment method for melanoma cervix.
What Support can we Give for Primary Malignant Melanoma of the Cervix?
Primary Malignant Melanoma of the Cervix is rare cancer, meaning it is not as well known as other forms of cancer. Without a Ribbon is an Australian organisation that provides support for individuals who suffer from rare cancers. So, we provide a designated platform for Warriors to obtain information specific to their Rare Cancer. We also provide annual opportunities for our Warriors to meet and learn from each other. If you suffer from rare cancer such as Primary Malignant Melanoma of the Cervix, we can help and support you through your journey thanks to the generous donations we receive. Click the link below to sign up and become a Warrior today!
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