What are the symptoms of cervial cancer?
What are the symptoms of cervical cancer?
The most common symptom of cervical cancer is bleeding from the vagina between periods, after or during sex, or after menopause.
Other possible symptoms of cervical cancer include a foul-smelling vaginal discharge, or pain during sex.
A cervical smear test can detect abnormal, pre-cancerous cells long early, before they cause symptoms.
According to the Canadian Cancer Society, women who are sexually active should start having regular Pap tests by the age of 21, and should continue to get a Pap test every 1 to 3 years, depending on previous test results. Even women who have stopped having sex should continue to have a Pap test. Women who have had a hysterectomy may still need a Pap test, but should talk to their doctor about whether this is necessary.
And as with all cancers, early detection is key.
Symptoms of cervical cancer include:
- abnormal smear test results
- mid-cycle bleeding after or during sex
- vaginal bleeding after the menopause
- foul-smelling vaginal discharge
- pain during sex