Symptoms of cervical cancer

Common symptoms of cervical cancer can include:

  • heavier periods than you normally have
  • vaginal bleeding between periods
  • vaginal bleeding after sex
  • vaginal bleeding after the menopause (after you have stopped having periods).

Other symptoms include:

  • a smelly vaginal discharge
  • urine infections that keep coming back
  • pain in the lower tummy or back.

Very early-stage cervical cancer may not cause any symptoms. It is usually found and treated because of cervical screening tests.

If you get symptoms between your regular cervical screening appointments, do not wait for your next appointment. Talk to your GP or practice nurse and get checked out. These symptoms can be embarrassing, but your GP or practice nurse will understand.

If I could give one piece of advice, I would say: get yourself checked out. I dismissed the signs, thinking cancer could never happen to me, but I was wrong.


Back to Understanding cervical cancer

What is cancer?

We have information about how cancer starts and develops. Cervical cancer can spread through the lymphatic system.

The cervix

The cervix is the lower part of the womb (uterus). It joins to the top of the vagina.