Cancers and other diseases can cause symptoms. These are changes in your body that you notice. Cervical cancer often causes changes to vaginal bleeding.
Symptoms can be caused by many illnesses, not just cancer, but it is always best to have them checked out by a GP.
What you need to know
Cervical cancer symptoms
Symptoms that can be caused by cervical cancer include:
- unusual vaginal bleeding, including
- bleeding between periods
- periods that are heavier or longer than usual
- bleeding during or after sex
- bleeding after menopause
- unusual vaginal discharge
- pain during sex.
Cervical cancers found through screening
Not all cervical cancers are found because of symptoms. Most are found through screening.
Cervical screening is a way of finding changes that could cause cancer. This is important as cervical cancers that are found early are easier to treat.
Australia has a National Cervical Screening Program which uses the Cervical Screening Test. All women between the ages of 25 and 74 should have this test.
What to do if you have symptoms
If you have symptoms that you are worried about, even if they seem minor, you should go to see a GP. Don't be embarrassed to bring up your concerns.