Cervical cancer develops in a woman’s cervix – the entrance to the womb from the vagina – and while there are often no symptoms in the early stages, unusual vaginal bleeding is the most common sign.
It’s important to have regular smear tests to detect abnormal cells on the cervix.
These are offered to all women aged between 25 and 64, every three or five years depending on your age bracket.
If abnormal cells develop into cervical cancer, you might start to see symptoms, from a smelly vaginal discharge to pain when you have sex.
Cervical cancer symptoms: Pain during sex can be one of the signs
If abnormal cells develop into cervical cancer, you might start to see symptoms, from a smelly vaginal discharge to pain when you have sex
Abnormal vaginal bleeding – for example heavy periods, bleeding between periods or after you have sex
Bleeding from your vagina after you’ve been through the menopause
A smelly vaginal discharge
Pain when you have sex
Blood-stains or mucus in your vaginal discharge
Pain in your pelvis or back
Cervical cancer symptoms: Abnormal cells develop into cervical cancer
Cervical cancer symptoms: Having regular smear tests can monitor abnormal cells in the cervix
If the cancer spreads out of your cervix it can trigger a range of other symptoms.
Cervical cancer symptoms: Smear tests are offered to all women aged between 25 and 64
The NHS adds: “Vaginal bleeding is very common and can have a wide range of causes, so it doesn’t necessarily mean you have cervical cancer.
“However, unusual vaginal bleeding is a symptom that needs to be investigated by your GP.”
All women who are registered with a GP are invited for cervical screening as part of the NHS Cervical Screening programme.
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