What are the symptoms?

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Pre-cancerous changes to the cervix don't cause any symptoms. Pre-cancer (or CIN) is detected by the regular cervical smear tests you have as part of the NHS cervical screening programme.

The most usual symptom of invasive cervical cancer is unexpected bleeding from the vagina. This may be:

  • bleeding after the menopause

  • bleeding after sex

  • bleeding between periods

A less usual sign is a bloodstained discharge from the vagina.

Bleeding and discharge are common symptoms. Most women who have them don't have cancer, but you should always tell your GP if the problems persist.



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