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. However, most of the cervical cancers produce symptoms when the disease has progressed to an advanced stage. Following are some common cervical cancer symptoms that may result in the early diagnosis of the disease if attended appropriately:
- 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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