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Cervical cancer symptoms

What are the symptoms of cervical cancer?

Cervical cancer may not cause any symptoms until it is at quite an advanced state.

Symptoms may include unusual vaginal bleeding, pain and discomfort during sex. There may also be a smelly vaginal discharge.

When cervical cancer spreads

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

Seek medical advice about cervical cancer if:

You have abnormal bleeding, bleeding after intercourse, vaginal discharge, or any other symptoms of cervical cancer that last more than two weeks without explanation. You should have a complete gynaecological examination that will usually include a smear test.

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

WebMD Medical Reference

Medically Reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks on February 06, 2018

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