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Cervical Cancer Symptoms

Early on, cervical cancer usually doesn’t have symptoms, making it hard to detect. Symptoms usually begin after the cancer has spread.

When symptoms of early-stage cervical cancer do occur, they may include

  • vaginal bleeding after sex
  • vaginal bleeding after menopause
  • vaginal bleeding between periods or periods that are heavier or longer than normal
  • vaginal discharge that is watery and has a strong odor or that contains blood
  • pelvic pain or pain during sex

Symptoms of advanced cervical cancer (cancer has spread beyond the cervix to other parts of the body) may include the symptoms of early-stage cervical cancer and

  • difficult or painful bowel movements or bleeding from the rectum when having a bowel movement
  • difficult or painful urination or blood in the urine
  • dull backache
  • swelling of the legs
  • pain in the abdomen
  • feeling tired

These symptoms may be caused by many conditions other than cervical cancer. The only way to know is to see a health professional. If it is cervical cancer, ignoring symptoms can delay treatment and make it less effective.

Learn how cervical cancer screening can help prevent cervical cancer or find it early.

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