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What are the Symptoms of Cervical Cancer?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 18:17

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

Symptoms of cervical cancer don't usually appear until the abnormal cells invade nearby tissue.

Symptoms can include:

  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Heavier, long-lasting periods
  • Unusual vaginal discharge
  • Pelvic pain

Abnormal bleeding may occur:

  • Between menstrual periods
  • After menopause
  • After intercourse
  • After a pelvic examination

These symptoms are not always a sign of cervical cancer. They can be caused by sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or other conditions. Your doctor can determine the cause of these symptoms.

Need To Know:

Q. If I have no abnormal bleeding, does it mean I don't have to worry about cervical cancer?

A. Early cervical changes, and early cervical cancer, may cause no symptoms at all. Unfortunately, abnormal bleeding often doesn't begin until the disease has become invasive, that is, until the abnormal cells have invaded nearby tissue.

 

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