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Cervical Cancer - Symptoms

Abnormal cervical cell changes rarely cause symptoms. If cervical cell changes progress to cancer, symptoms may include:

  • Vaginal bleeding that isn't normal, such as between menstrual periods, after sex, or after menopause.
  • Pain during sex.
  • Vaginal discharge that isn't normal.
  • A significant unexplained change in your menstrual cycle.

The symptoms of advanced cervical cancer may include:

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  • Anemia because of abnormal vaginal bleeding.
  • Ongoing pelvic, leg, or back pain.
  • Urinary problems because of blockage of a kidney or ureter.
  • Leakage of urine or stool into the vagina. This can happen when an abnormal opening (fistula) has developed between the vagina and the bladder or rectum.
  • Weight loss.

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Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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