Signs of Cervical Cancer
What are the symptoms and signs of cervical cancer?
Signs of cervical cancer do not often appear until the disease has advanced to a later, harder to treat stage with a lower survival rate. That’s why getting tested with a regular Pap smear can reduce the risk of death from cervical cancer by as much as 99 percent, if it is detected in its early stages.
However, there are signs of cervical cancer to be aware of. Below is a summary of them.
- Abnormal bleeding may occur in women with cervical cancer; it can be light or heavy.
- Foul smelling, thick, watery, mucus containing or otherwise unusual vaginal discharge is another cervical cancer symptom.
- Pain in the pelvis which is unrelated to normal menstrual pain can be a symptom; it may be a sharp pain, or a dull ache, mild to severe. It may last for hours.
- Pain while urinating can be sign of late-stage cervical cancer, if the cancer has metastasized to the bladder.
- Bleedingin between normal menstrual periods, during a pelvic exam, following intercourse or after douching may be indicative of cervical cancer; such activities may irritate the cervix. A number of conditions may result in post-intercourse bleeding – but when in doubt, get checked out!
Because they tend to manifest late, the signs of cervical cancer should be taken as a reason to see a doctor or gynecologist as soon as possible.