Signs and symptoms of cervical cancer
While regular screenings are the best way to monitor for cervical cancer, you also need to be aware of symptoms or changes in your health that may require a call or visit to your care provider.
What are the symptoms of cervical cancer?
Symptoms of cervical cancer may include:
- Vaginal bleeding that isn't normal. This may be bleeding between menstrual periods, after sex, or after menopause.
- Pain during sex, especially if new or different from previous experiences.
- Vaginal discharge that isn't normal.
- A significant unexplained change in your menstrual cycle.
The symptoms of advanced cervical cancer may include:
- Anemia because of abnormal vaginal bleeding.
- Ongoing pelvic, leg or back pain.
- Urinary problems because of a blocked kidney or ureter.
- Leakage of urine or stool into the vagina. This can happen when an opening (fistula) has developed between the vagina and the bladder or rectum.
- Weight loss.