Published: Aug. 22, 2011
Updated: Aug. 22, 2011
Many types of gynecologic cancers cause little to no symptoms in the early stages. In general, the following symptoms may indicate some type of gynecologic cancer, but they are also signs of many other conditions.
Symptoms of cervical and vaginal cancers include abnormal vaginal bleeding, particularly after intercourse, vaginal discharge, and pelvic pain.
Most uterine cancers cause post-menopausal vaginal bleeding. In younger women abnormal bleeding may be manifest as irregular or heavier bleeding than a normal menstrual period.
Ovarian cancer often has no symptoms in the early stages of disease, but in more advanced stages is associated with persistent abdominal bloating and swelling (distention), indigestion, urinary pressure or frequency, and pelvic discomfort. These symptoms are non-specific and more frequently caused by other diseases.
It’s important to know what is normal for your body and to talk to a doctor if you have any of the symptoms of gynecologic cancer for two weeks or longer. These symptoms include:
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