As scary as it sounds, women with early symptoms of cervical cancer and pre-cancers usually don’t experience any symptoms, until a pre-cancer becomes a true invasive cancer. Symptoms finally begin to appear when the cancer grows into a nearby tissue and becomes even more serious. Routine Pap screenings are extremely important in finding and treating cervical cancer, and other reproductive cancers like ovarian cancer, as early as possible. The Pap test locates abnormal cells in the cervix which are then monitored and treated if necessary.
In between Pap screenings, it’s important to know and look out for these early signs of cervical cancer.
1. Irregular Bleeding
The most common symptom of cervical cancer is irregular vaginal bleeding, which many women tend to shrug off.
Irregular bleeding could occur in between menstrual periods or after sex. It may be disguised as spotting, showing as a slight blood-streaked discharge. Menstrual bleeding may also become heavier and last longer than usual. A major warning sign of cervical cancer or other problems is vaginal bleeding in post-menopausal women who no longer have periods.
2. Unusual Vaginal Discharge
There are several types of vaginal discharge that can be an early sign of cervical cancer. A continuous discharge with any of the following characteristics may be a warning sign:
-Tinged with blood
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