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Symptoms of Cervical Cancer

  • Amy Scholten, MPH
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Condition InDepth

Symptoms of Cervical Cancer

Cervical cancer often has no symptoms in the early stages. Symptoms may not appear until the cancer is advanced.

Common Symptoms

The most common symptom is bleeding from the vagina:

  • Between periods
  • After sex, douching, or a pelvic exam
  • After menopause

Menstrual periods may be heavy or last a long time. There may be an unusual discharge from the vagina.

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Advanced Symptoms

Later stages of cancer may cause:

  • Pain in the pelvis, belly or back
  • Problems passing urine or stool
  • Loss of hunger and weight
  • Being very tired
  • Swelling in the legs


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