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
    • Urinary urgency
    • Pain with urinations
    • Blood in the urine
  • Foul smelling discharge containing both blood and serous fluid
  • Yellowish vaginal discharge
  • Weight loss