Typically, women don’t notice cervical cancer symptoms until an advanced stage. Recognizing cervical cancer symptoms may help detect it early, when it’s most treatable.

1) Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding

The first noticeable system of cervical cancer is usually abnormal vaginal bleeding. This includes abnormal periods, bleeding between periods, after sexual intercourse, after menopause, and after a pelvic exam.

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When cervical cancer grows around the cervix’s perimeter, the edges can become dry and cracked. Things like simply walking or sex can rip open the cracks and cause bleeding, explained WomensHealthMag.com.

2) Bladder or Rectal Bleeding

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If the cervix swells, the bladder and rectum get crowded, causing those tissues to tear.

3) Unexplained Weight Loss

When defending itself from infection, the body produces cytokines. These proteins break down fat and protein. With cancer, too, many cytokines are created and break down fat and proteins much faster than normal.

4) Unusual Vaginal Discharge

Cancer often grows inside the opening to the cervix. The cells around the cervical opening will come off, resulting in a foul smelling vaginal discharge. This discharge may be brown, pale or watery, or may contain blood.

5) Constant Fatigue

Abnormal vaginal bleeding has another adverse effect. It reduces oxygen and red blood cells in the body, leaving a women feeling constantly fatigued.

6) Leg Pain or Swelling

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