In its earliest stages, cervical cancer usually does not have symptoms. This is why regular Pap tests are so important, particularly if you are sexually active.
When cervical cancer does have symptoms, they vary from person to person. Tell your doctor if you have any of the following:
- Vaginal discharge tinged with blood
- Vaginal bleeding after sexual intercourse
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding: after menopause, between menstrual periods or excessively heavy periods
- Urinating more often
- Pain during sex
- Swollen leg
- History of untreated dysplasia (precancerous cell changes) of the cervix
These symptoms do not always mean you have cervical cancer. However, it is important to discuss any symptoms with your 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 sectionto learn how to manage your risk.
In rare cases, cervical cancer can be passed down from one generation to the next. Genetic counseling may be right for you. Visit our genetic testing page to learn more.