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Cervical Cancer: What Every Woman Should Know

Spotting the Signs of Cervical Cancer

Spotting the Signs of Cervical Cancer

Cervical cancer doesn’t always cause symptoms; in many cases, women don’t know they have the disease until a screening test uncovers signs of cancer. In some cases, however, the following symptoms can signal cervical cancer:

  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding or menstrual cycle changes.
  • Bleeding during sex or when you insert a diaphragm.
  • Pain during sex.
  • Continuous vaginal discharge, which might be bloody, watery, and foul-smelling.

If you experience any of the above symptoms, see your doctor immediately. 

By Jenilee Matz, MPH. Published January 29, 2013. Jenilee is a medical writer, health educator, and triathlete based in Charlotte, NC.