Cervical cancer doesn’t exhibit any early symptoms, and when women notice them, it is usually too late. The symptoms of cervical cancer are noticeable when the cancer spreads to nearby tissues and grows even more. In order to detect the disease earlier, you need to take routine Pap screenings. This test can find abnormal cells in the cervix which can be monitored and treated appropriately.

However, when you’re between screenings, it’s important to look out for the following cervical cancer symptoms:

1. Irregular bleeding
Irregular vaginal bleeding is a common symptom of cervical cancer, and it can occur during sex or between periods. It can be disguised as spotting, or cause heavier menstrual bleeding. If the symptom occurs in post-menopausal women, it is almost always a sign of cervical cancer.

Some types of vaginal discharge can also indicate cervical cancer. If your discharge is pale, watery, brown, foul-smelling or mixed with blood, you should visit your gynecologist immediately!

2. Pelvic pain
Pelvic pain during sex or otherwise is also a cause of cervical cancer. This type of pain indicates changes to the cervix.

Signs of advanced stage cervical cancer
The following signs can also indicate cervical cancer:

Back or pelvic pain;
Difficulty going to the bathroom;
Swelling in one or both legs;
Unusual weight loss.

What puts you at risk?
Knowing the signs and catching the disease early are key to defeating cervical cancer. The main factors of this type of cancer are:

Frequent changing of sexual partner;
Having sex at an early age;
Having sex with a man whose partner had cervical cancer;
A weakened immune system;
Use of DES (diethylstilbestrol) during pregnancy.

According to the American Cancer Society, the abovementioned symptoms can also be caused by cervical infections that cause pain or bleeding. However, if you have experienced them, they must not be ignored. Call your gynecologist and set up a checkup in order to determine the problem and get the proper treatment. Regular Pap tests are also required in order to find the malignant cells early.