In its early stages, cervical cancer usually has no symptoms. It develops slowly, beginning as a pre-cancerous condition called dysplasia. Symptoms of cervical cancer often do not begin until the cancer spreads into nearby tissue.
Cervical cancer starts in the lower part of the uterus that opens at the top of the vagina. If cervical cancer spreads into nearby tissue, symptoms may include:
- Increased vaginal discharge including discharge that is pale, watery, pink, brown, bloody or foul-smelling
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding between periods, after intercourse, or after menopause
- Periods become heavier and last longer than usual
- Any bleeding after menopause
- Pain during intercourse