Cervical cancer typically has no symptoms in its early stages. As the disease progresses, symptoms can include:
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding between periods, after intercourse, or after menopause
- Persistent, unusual vaginal discharge, which may be pale, pink, brown, bloody, or foul-smelling
- Back, abdominal, pelvic, leg, or bone pain (in later stages)
- General malaise and loss of weight and appetite (after cancer has spread)
Note that many other conditions can cause some of these symptoms, and most often the cause isn’t cancer—but be sure to see your doctor to determine the exact cause.
This content first appeared in the November 2018 issue of UC Berkeley Health After 50.