Understanding Cervical Cancer -- Symptoms

What Are the Symptoms of Cervical Cancer?

In the early stages, cervical precancers or cervical cancers cause no pain or other symptoms. That's why it's vital for women to get regular pelvic exams and Pap tests to detect cancer in its earliest stage when it's treatable.

The first identifiable symptoms of cervical cancer are likely to include:

If cervical cancer has spread to nearby tissues, symptoms may include:

Call Your Doctor About Cervical Cancer if:

You have abnormal bleeding, bleeding after intercourse, vaginal discharge, or any other symptoms of cervical cancer. You should have a complete gynecological exam that includes a Pap smear.

NOTE: Any vaginal bleeding after menopause should be brought to your doctor's attention right away. The cause may simply be vaginal dryness or a benign uterine polyp, but vaginal bleeding is the most common symptom of cervical and uterine cancer.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD on July 18, 2017

Sources

SOURCES: 

American Cancer Society: "Learn About Cancer: Cervical Cancer."

American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology: "Cancer of the Cervix."

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