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What Are the Symptoms?

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.

Use this diary to track any symptoms you notice over a two-week timespan.

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. Feeling full too quickly or difficulty eating, bloating, and abdominal or back pain are only common in ovarian cancer. Pelvic pain or pressure is common on ovarian and uterine cancers. More frequent or urgent need to urinate and/or constipation is common in ovarian and vaginal 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.

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.
  • Feeling full too quickly or difficulty eating, bloating, and abdominal or back pain are only common in ovarian cancer.
  • Pelvic pain or pressure is common on ovarian and uterine cancers.
  • More frequent or urgent need to urinate and/or constipation is common in ovarian and vaginal cancers.
  • Itching, burning, pain, or tenderness 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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