Cervical Cancer Awareness

Signs & Symptoms

Women with early cervical cancers and pre-cancers usually have no symptoms. Symptoms often do not begin until a pre-cancer becomes a true invasive cancer and grows into nearby tissue. When this happens, the most common symptoms are:
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
    • bleeding after sex (vaginal intercourse)
    • bleeding after menopause
    • bleeding and spotting between periods, and having longer or heavier (menstrual) periods than usual
    • bleeding after douching
    • bleeding after a plevic exam is a common symptom of cervical cancer, but not pre-cancer.

  • An unusual discharge from the vagina -- the discharge may contain some blood and may occur between your periods or after menopause.

  • Pain during sex (vaginal intercourse)

These signs and symptoms can also be caused by conditions other than cervical cancer. For example, an infection can cause pain or bleeding. Still, if you have any of these problems, you should see your health care professional right away -- even if you have been getting regular Pap tests.

Source: American Cancer Society Cervical Cancer: Prevention and Early Detection - Signs and symptoms of cervical cancer.

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