Gynecologic Cancer Awareness: Symptoms

Each gynecologic cancer is unique, with different signs and symptoms.

Cervical Cancer
Early on cervical cancer may not cause signs and symptoms. Advanced cervical cancer may cause bleeding or discharge from the vagina that is not normal for you, such as bleeding after sex. If you have any of these signs, see your doctor.

Ovarian Cancer:

  • Vaginal bleeding (particularly if you are past menopause) or discharge
  • Pelvic pain or pressure
  • Abdominal or back pain.
  • Bloating(abdominal)
  • A change in your bathroom habits, such as having to pass urine very badly or very often, constipation, or diarrhea.

Uterine Cancer

  • Vaginal discharge that is not normal for you.
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding.
  • Pain or pressure in your pelvis.

Vaginal and Vulvar Cancers:

  • Vaginal discharge or bleeding that is not normal for you.
  • A change in bathroom habits, such as having blood in the urine or stool; going to the bathroom more often than usual; or feeling constipated.
  • Itching or burning of the vulva
  • Changes in vulva color or skin, such as a rash, sores, or worts

Source: Centers for Disease Control Gynelogical Cancers: Symptoms.

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