Cervical Cancer - Symptoms

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What are the symptoms of cervical cancer?

Early cervical cancers usually don't cause symptoms. When the cancer grows larger, women may notice abnormal vaginal bleeding:

  • Bleeding that occurs between regular menstrual periods
  • Bleeding after sexual intercourse, douching, or a pelvic exam
  • Menstrual periods that last longer and are heavier than before
  • Bleeding after going through menopause

Women may also notice...

  • Increased vaginal discharge
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pain during sex

Cervical cancer, infections, or other health problems may cause these symptoms. A woman with any of these symptoms should tell her doctor so that problems can be diagnosed and treated as early as possible.

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Comment from: julie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 07

My cycle stopped for a year or more I thought it was just menopause. Then it started back up. Afterwards, I leaked a foul smelling brown discharge which I thought was just old blood. It just keeps getting worse and I go through a bag of pads every three days. I finally went in for a pap smear and the results showed high levels of abnormal cells. I also bled alot during the pap smear. I was sent to a doctor for a colposcopy which revealed a large yellow tumor. The biopsy came out cancer. I now have lower back pain, knee pain, lethargy, and have lost over 20 pounds in a very short period of time. Still waiting on a catscan...

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Comment from: Josie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 05

I had no period for about a year, thought it was menopause. Then spotting and bleeding after sex made me go for an overdue pap smear. After the diagnosis of cervical cancer, I realized the other symptoms (tired constantly, heart palpitations, a feeling of fullness, and a constant ache around my lower back and pelvis) were all a part of the cancer. I have had my biopsy and MRI, awaiting the results to see how far it has progressed, and where we go from here.

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