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Signs and Symptoms

Cervical cancer does not have many warning signs in its early stages. Symptoms usually develop as the cancer advances slowly, over many years.

As cervical cancer progresses the following symptoms may occur:

  • Abnormal bleeding, spotting or bloodstained discharge from the vagina in between periods 
  • Unusually long or heavy periods 
  • Bleeding after sexual intercourse 
  • Pain during sexual intercourse 
  • Watery discharge from the vagina 
  • Increased amount of discharge from the vagina 
  • Bleeding from the vagina after menopause 
  • Pain in the pelvic area or lower back
  • Foul-smelling discharge from the vagina

If you have any of these symptoms talk to your health care provider during your next visit.

Remember, changes in the cervix can occur without you knowing it, while you're feeling well. Having regular Pap test is the best way to help prevent cervical cancer.

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