Cervical cancer can be diagnosed early with the help of screening procedure involving a Pap test and physical examination of the pelvis by an experienced physician.
Early diagnosis of cervical cancer is generally associated with the improved prognosis and better chances of cure of the disease.
Cervical cancer may present with any one or more of the following symptoms. Sometimes there may be no symptoms, and sometimes other disease conditions may cause similar symptoms. Therefore, further investigations may be required to confirm the diagnosis.
Following are some common cervical cancer symptoms:
- Pain in abdomen or pelvis
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding, for example, bleeding after menopause or irregular menstrual bleeding
- Unusual vaginal discharge that may be odorless or has a foul smell
- Dyspareunia or bleeding after coitus
- Swelling in legs
- A problem in passing urine or in defecation
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