Cervical cancer often has no symptoms in the early stages. Symptoms may not appear until the cancer is advanced.
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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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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Last reviewed March 2021 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP Last Updated: 4/21/2021