Cervical Cancer: Symptoms


Most women do not have any signs or symptoms of precancers or early stage cervical cancer. Symptoms usually do not appear until the cancer has spread to other tissues and organs.

Any of the following could be signs or symptoms of cervical dysplasia or cancer:

  • Blood spots or light bleeding between or following periods
  • Menstrual bleeding that is longer and heavier than usual
  • Bleeding after intercourse, douching or a pelvic examination
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Bleeding after menopause
  • Increased vaginal discharge

Though these signs can also indicate more common, less severe conditions, any of these symptoms should be reported to a physician. The sooner that cancer or precancerous cells are found, the better the outcome.