In its earliest stages, cervical cancer usually does not have symptoms. This is why regular Pap tests are so important, particularly for women who are sexually active.
When cervical cancer does have symptoms, they may vary. Some symptoms of cervical cancer include:
- Vaginal discharge tinged with blood
- Vaginal bleeding and/or pain with sexual intercourse
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding, including excessively heavy periods, bleeding between menstrual periods or bleeding after menopause
- Urinating more often
- Pelvic pain
These symptoms are not always signs of cervical cancer. However, it is important to discuss any symptoms with a doctor, since they may signal other health problems.
Some people have an elevated risk of developing cervical cancer. Review the cervical cancer screening guidelines to see if you need to be tested.
Behavioral and lifestyle changes can help prevent cervical cancer. Visit our prevention and screening section to learn how to manage your risk.
Cancer screening exams can detect cancer early, when the chances for successfully treating the disease are greatest.
MD Anderson offers cervical cancer screenings at the following locations:
- MD Anderson in Sugar Land
- MD Anderson West Houston
- MD Anderson The Woodlands
- Texas Medical Center
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