Every women is different when it comes to their menstrual cycle. For some it is light and relatively short, and for others, it is often heavy and slightly longer. That being said, for most women, they are more than aware of the characteristics of their cycle. However, if you notice that your menstrual cycle is heavier and longer than normal, it can be a sign of cervical cancer. This excess is caused by irritation to the cervix, caused by spreading cancer cells.
So what is heavy bleeding? The benchmark for heavy bleeding is if you have to change your sanitary napkin or tampon more than once in a two-hour span.
While cancer can certainly be the cause of this increase in flow and duration, there are other factors that could be at the root of it. Hormonal imbalance, fibroids, polyps, pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis or thyroid, liver or kidney disease and even certain medication.
If you notice any change in the consistency of your monthly cycle, it should always be discussed with your doctor to rule out anything serious and to advise on treatment if necessary.