Be aware of common cervical cancer symptoms

JanuaryAbnormal bleeding can be an early warning sign of cervical cancer and should not be ignored, said a gynecologic oncologist from Baylor College of Medicine.

“When caught in the early stages, cervical cancer is curable, so being aware of these warning signs and seeking medical attention for them is important,” said Dr. M. Yvette Williams-Brown, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Baylor.


In premenopausal women, abnormal bleeding includes:

  • In between periods or outside of normal menstrual cycle
  • After sexual intercourse
  • Two to three times a month

In postmenopausal women, abnormal bleeding includes:

  • Any bleeding that occurs a year after their last period
  • After sexual intercourse

In addition to abnormal bleeding, other warning signs may include:

  • Pain during or after intercourse
  • One-sided swelling of the leg
  • Shooting pain down the leg

Contact your gynecologist if you think you are experiencing any of these symptoms.

Additional Resources

Learn more about prevention and early detection from the American Cancer Society.

Cervical cancer awareness month is an opportunity for women to work with their doctor to find the best personalized screening plan.

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