Cervical Cancer: Symptoms

May 28, 2017

Cervical Cancer: Symptoms

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What are the symptoms of cervical cancer?

Women with precancer cells in their cervix rarely have symptoms. A woman often does not have any symptoms until the cells turn into cancer and then grow and invade the deepest parts of the cervix or other pelvic organs. That’s why it’s important to have regular Pap tests. Cervical cancer is easier to treat in its early stages, when it's small and has not spread. The Pap test checks for cells that are cancer or precancer.

Symptoms of cervical cancer are often like other conditions that aren’t cancer, and may include:

  • Vaginal discharge. You may have a watery, bloody, or unusual discharge.

  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding. Your may have bleeding between your periods or after sex. Blood flow during your period may be heavier and last longer than usual. Or you may have bleeding after menopause.

  • Pain. You may have pain during sex or pain in the pelvic area.

When to see your healthcare provider

Many of these symptoms may be caused by other health problems. But it is important to see your healthcare provider if you have these symptoms. Only a healthcare provider can tell if you have cancer.


May 28, 2017

Reviewed By:  

Goodman, Howard, MD,Stump-Sutliff, Kim, RN, MSN, AOCNS