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There is no way to know for sure if you will get a gynecologic cancer. That's why it is important to pay attention to your body and know what is normal for you, so you can recognize the warning signs or symptoms of gynecologic cancer.

If you have vaginal bleeding that is unusual for you, talk to a doctor right away. You should also see a doctor if you have any other warning signs that last for two weeks or longer and are not normal for you. Symptoms may be caused by something other than cancer, but the only way to know is to see a doctor.

Signs and symptoms are not the same for everyone and each gynecologic cancer (cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar cancers) has its own signs and symptoms.

Table showing the symptoms of cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar cancers.  Abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge is common on all gynecological cancers except vulvar cancer.  Pelvic pain or pressure is common on ovarian, uterine, and vulvar cancers.  Abdominal or back pain and bloating are only common in ovarian cancer.  Changes in bathroom habits is common in ovarian and uterine cancers.  Itching or burning of the vulva and changes in vulva color or skin, such as a rash, sores, or warts, are only found in vulvar cancer.

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