Symptoms of Cervical Cancer
by Amy Scholten, MPH
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:
Menstrual periods may be heavy or last a long time. There may be an unusual discharge from the vagina.
Later stages of cancer may cause:
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Last reviewed March 2021 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP
Last Updated: 4/21/2021
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