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Ive been reading online that one symptom of cervical cancer is continuous vaginal discharge (red, brown, pink, etc.) Recently I have been have a redish brown discharge for about two weeks. It is very small amounts but visible whenever I goto the bathroom. I'm 20 years old, not sexually active (or ever have been) and I'm not on birth control. Also, I have not been exposed to DES, my mother had a completely natural birth. Is it possible this is a precursor to cervical cancer or something else someone has heard of? Thank you for your help
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replied April 26th, 2007
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.almost all cervical cancers are caused by high risk hpv and without sexual activity it is highly unlikely that you have contracted it there for making it unlikely that you have cervical cancer. .if you are very worried you should go to you obgyn and have a check-up. .we can not diagnose a problem, if their even is one.
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replied April 26th, 2007
I'm sorry, I wasnt looking for a diagnosis, I was just wondering if anyone has had similar problems. I guess I am just paranoid since my family has a history of cancer and my father was recently diagnosed. I have no access to an obgyn right now because im away at school and do not have the same medical coverage as doctors here.
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replied April 26th, 2007
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.you should see if you school has a health center you can see. .you may just be experiencing an abnormal period or an off cycle. .stress can also trigger symptoms like that in some women so try not to worry about anything until you know what is going on.
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replied April 27th, 2007
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Cervical cancer is not a hereditary cancer. You won't get it if your family has a history of cancer.

It sounds like an abnormal period. Which is way more normal in a woman of 20 who is no sexually active than cervical cancer would be.
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replied April 27th, 2007
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It could be so many things, it would be tough for us to give you any concrete answers. Go to an ob-gyn just to be safe, especially if you have never seen one before. It is recommended that women go every year starting when they are 18 at the latest. See if there is a Family Planning or Planned Parenthood near you. If you are a student, you should not have to worry too much about insurance and money with them. I got my paps with them for free the whole time that I was in school.
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