Cervical Screening Programme
Department of Health
The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

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Early stage of cancer and pre-cancerous cell changes may produce no symptoms at all. The commonest symptom is abnormal vaginal bleeding, which include vaginal bleeding:

  • between periods
  • during or after sex
  • after menopause

Other symptoms include:

  • vaginal discharge with foul smell
  • pelvic pain, backache (if involvement of nerve or bone is affected)
  • blood in urine or pain on passing urine (if urinary system is affected)
  • leg swelling (if lymphatic system is affected)
  • general malaise and weight loss

Please note that the presence of any of above symptoms does not necessarily mean you have cervical cancer. They could be the presenting features of some commoner and benign conditions. On the other hand, you should consult a doctor if you develop symptoms of any kind, even your previous cervical smear was reported negative.

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