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.

Cervical Cancer

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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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Last reviewed March 2021 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP  Last Updated: 4/21/2021