If you have been diagnosed with
cervical cancer, be sure to follow your doctor's
instructions about calling when you have problems, new symptoms, or symptoms
that get worse.
If you are concerned about your symptoms or if you
think you have an increased risk for cervical cancer, call your health
professional if you have:
- Unexpected bleeding between menstrual
- Menstrual periods that are irregular or 1½ to 2 times
longer than normal for 3 months in a row. For example, if your menstrual
periods usually last 6 days and then they last between 9 and 12 days for 3
months in a row, call your doctor.
- Severe menstrual bleeding that causes you to change a maxi-pad or super tampon every hour
for longer than 8 hours.
- Unexpected bleeding after douching or
- Pain during sexual
- Abnormal vaginal discharge containing mucus that may
be tinged with blood.
Pap test screening is the most important tool in
identifying and treating cervical cell changes before they progress to cervical
cancer. After cervical cancer has been diagnosed, it should be treated.
Watchful waiting is not appropriate.
Who To See
Health professionals who can evaluate your symptoms
and your risk factors, and who can diagnose cervical cancer include:
Doctors who can manage your cancer treatment
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
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