What are the symptoms of cervical cancer?

Abnormal vaginal bleeding:

  • Periods that are heavier and last longer
  • Bleeding in between periods
  • Bleeding after sex
  • Bleeding after the menopause

Vaginal discharge that may smell unpleasant.

Discomfort or pain during sex, or in the pelvic area.


What should I do if I have symptoms?

If you have any symptoms or changes in your body that you are worried about, it’s important to have them checked by your GP (family doctor). The chances are it will not be cancer. However, getting your symptoms checked is not wasting anyone’s time. The sooner cancer is spotted, the more likely you are to recover from it.

Irish Cancer Society Logo221+ Patient Support Group thanks the Irish Cancer Society for permission to use the text of their booklet Cervical Cancer, What You Should Know
and acknowledges the contribution of the original authors of the booklet.