Symptoms of cervical cancer
The symptoms of cervical cancer aren't always obvious and it may not cause any symptoms at all until it has reached an advanced stage.
This is why it's very important for you to attend your cervical screening appointments.
In most cases, vaginal bleeding is the first noticeable symptom of cervical cancer. It usually occurs after having sex.
Bleeding at any other time, other than your expected monthly period, is also considered unusual.
This includes bleeding after the menopause (when a woman's monthly periods stop).
If you have any type of unusual vaginal bleeding, visit your GP for advice.
Other symptoms of cervical cancer may include:
Advanced cervical cancer
If the cancer spreads out of your cervix and into surrounding tissue and organs, it can trigger a range of other symptoms, including:
When to seek medical advice
It is recommended that you contact your GP if you experience:
- bleeding after having sex (postcoital bleeding)
- bleeding outside of your normal periods
- new bleeding after the menopause
Vaginal bleeding is very common and can have a range of causes, so it doesn't necessarily mean that you have cervical cancer.
However, unusual vaginal bleeding is a symptom that needs to be investigated by your GP.
Page last reviewed: 17/06/2013
Next review due: 17/06/2015