If you experience any of these symptoms do not assume it is due to cancer. Most of these symptoms may be caused by other, less serious health conditions. If you experience any one of them, see your physician.
There are no obvious signs or symptoms of cervical cancer in its beginning stages. The precancerous changes happening in the cervix usually do not cause pain. Most cervical cancers are detected through a routine pelvic exam and Pap test.
When the abnormal cells become cancerous and begin to invade nearby tissues, symptoms may appear. They include the following:
Abnormal bleeding – this is the most common symptom. It may include:
Bleeding between your regular menstrual periods
Menstrual bleeding that is heavier or lasts longer than usual
Bleeding after sexual intercourse
Bleeding after douching
Bleeding after a pelvic exam
Bleeding after menopause
Increased vaginal discharge
Pain during sexual intercourse
Symptoms involved in late-stage disease include:
Urinary complaints, such as:
Difficulty starting to urinate
Pain with urinations
Blood in the urine
Foul smelling discharge containing both blood and serous fluid
Yellowish vaginal discharge
Cervical cancer. American Cancer Society Web Site. Available at:
Accessed November 19, 2002.
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provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
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