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Very early-stage cervical cancer may have no symptoms. This means it’s important to attend regular cervical screening|, so that any cell changes can be picked up early.
The most common symptom of cervical cancer is abnormal vaginal bleeding, usually between periods or after sex.
Women who’ve gone through the menopause (who are no longer having periods) may find they have some new bleeding.
Symptoms of cervical cancer can also include a smelly vaginal discharge and discomfort during sex.
If you’re attending regular screening, you should let your GP know if you develop symptoms between your tests.
There are many other conditions that can cause these symptoms, but it’s important that you see your GP or practice nurse to get them checked out. It can be embarrassing to talk about these symptoms, but the sooner you see someone and a diagnosis is made, the better the chance of treatment being successful.
Our video shows how regular screening can prevent cervical cancer.
Content last reviewed: 1 April 2012
Next planned review: 2014
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