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Cervical Cancer Prevention Week - Symptoms Of Cervical Cancer

What are the symptoms of cervical cancer?

There are some recognised symptoms associated with cervical cancer that you should be aware of. These include;

- Abnormal bleeding: during or after sexual intercourse, or between periods

- Post menopausal bleeding: if you are not on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or have stopped it for six weeks or more

- Unusual vaginal discharge

- Discomfort or pain during sexual intercourse

- Lower back pain

What to do if you are experiencing symptoms

If you are experiencing any or all of these symptoms or are concerned about any new symptom you should make an appointment to see your GP as soon as possible. You should report these symptoms even if you have recently had a cervical screening (smear test) that came back normal. Remember, these symptoms can be associated with many other conditions that are not cancer related.

There are usually no symptoms associated with abnormal cervical cells and not all women diagnosed with cervical cancer experience symptoms, which is why it is so important to attend regular cervical screening when you are invited.

As cervical cancer develops it can cause further symptoms. These may include:

- Increased frequency of urination

- Blood in the urine

- Bleeding from the bottom

- Diarrhoea

- Incontinence

- Lower limb lymphoedema (swelling)

All information has been taken from Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust website. For support or to find out more information click on the image.


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