What You Need to Know About Cervical Cancer Signs

Cervical cancer is frequently only detected by a pap and has most commonly has no symptoms at all, but here are signs of the disease you should be aware of as cervical cancer is almost always prevented through regular pap tests. It can both be preventable, and detected in the early treatable stages. The first 6 signs and facts are more common with early disease, the other symptoms listed are more common with advanced disease.

  1. Bleeding after sex.
  2. Irregular or heavy vaginal bleeding
  3. Vaginal discharge that is watery
  4. Vaginal discharge that is full of mucus
  5. Pus in the vaginal discharge
  6. Malodorous discharge that makes you think you have vaginitis
  7. Back pain only a sign of advanced disease
  8. Blood in urine
  9. Blood in bowel movements
  10. Pain in pelvis that radiates to legs
  11. HPV infection that doesn’t go away for a long time, for this you have to have regular screening as most HPV infections do regress on their own.
  12. Can occur whether you have regular or irregular periods
  13. Is not related to whether you have sex with a female or a male.

Whether you have HPV is not a reliable test for the sexual behavior of your partner, so if you have precancer or cancer of the cervix, or HPV disease, do not make assumptions about current partners that may not be true.

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Suzanne Trupin, MD, Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and owner of Women's Health Practice, Hada Cosmetic Medicine, and Hatha Yoga and Fitness

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