The stirrups… the speculum… the jelly that your gyno never seems to get totally cleaned up. Yeah, Paps are a (somewhat literal) pain, but cervical cancer was once the number-one leading cause of cancer death in America, according to the CDC. Now, thanks to Paps, which can ID issues before they become cancerous, it doesn’t even crack the top 10.
However, the CDC reports that six out of every 10 cervical cancers occur in women who have never received a Pap test or have not been tested in the past five years (1).
If you spot any of these 7 symptoms of cervical cancer, it’s worth talking to your gyno and getting checked out asap.
Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding
One of the most common symptoms of cervical cancer is vaginal bleeding. There are several instances in which vaginal bleeding would be considered abnormal including heavy periods, bleeding between periods, bleeding during or after intercourse or douching and bleeding after menopause.
Abnormal vaginal bleeding is generally a symptom of advanced cervical cancer, because it means that a tumor on the cervix is spreading to affect nearby tissue. Call your gyno asap.