Signs and symptoms of cervical cancer

Very early-stage cervical cancer may have no symptoms. This is why it’s important to go for your regular cervical screening, so that any early cell changes can be picked up.

Common symptoms of cervical cancer can include:

  • 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
  • discomfort during sex
  • pain in the pelvic area

If you’re attending regular screening, you should let your GP know if you develop any of these symptoms between your tests.

There are many other conditions that can cause these symptoms, but it’s important to see your GP or practice nurse to get them checked out. You may feel embarrassed talking about these symptoms. But remember, your GP or practice nurse will see many women with similar symptoms and will do their best to put you at ease.

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What is cancer?

There are more than 200 different kinds of cancer, each with its own name and treatment.

How is it treated?

There are five main types of cancer treatment. You may receive one, or a combination of treatments, depending on your cancer type.

The cervix

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