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Cervical cancer symptoms

This page is about the symptoms of cervical cancer. The most common symptom of cervical cancer is bleeding from the vagina at times other than when you are having a period. You may have bleeding

  • Between periods
  • During or after sex
  • At any time if you are past your menopause

Some women also have

  • A vaginal discharge that smells unpleasant
  • Discomfort or pain during sex

Pain related to sex is called dyspareunia. There are many other conditions that cause these symptoms. Most of them are much more common than cervical cancer. But you should go to your doctor straight away if you have any of these symptoms. You probably don't have cancer. But if you do, the sooner you are treated, the more likely you are to be cured and usually will need less treatment.

Pre cancerous cell changes do not usually have any symptoms. So it is very important to have regular cervical screening tests as part of the UK screening programme.

Find out about cervical screening.

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Updated: 20 January 2016