What Are the Symptoms?
Not Just Words
This video discusses the importance of knowing the signs and symptoms of gynecologic cancer.
Early on, most vaginal cancers do not cause signs and symptoms. But if there are symptoms, they may include—
- Vaginal discharge or bleeding that is not normal for you. The bleeding may be abnormal because of how heavy it is, or when it happens, such as bleeding after you have gone through menopause; bleeding between periods; or any other bleeding that is longer or heavier than is normal for you.
- A change in bathroom habits, such as having blood in the stool or urine, going to the bathroom more often than usual, or feeling constipated.
- Pain in your pelvis, the area below your stomach and in between your hip bones, especially when you pass urine or have sex.
Many women who have vulvar cancer have signs and symptoms. They may include—
- Itching, burning, or bleeding on the vulva that does not go away.
- Changes in the color of the skin of the vulva, so that it looks redder or whiter than is normal for you.
- Skin changes in the vulva, including what looks like a rash or warts.
- Sores, lumps, or ulcers on the vulva that do not go away.
- Pain in your pelvis, especially when you urinate or have sex.
It is important for you to pay attention to your body and know what is normal for you. If you have vaginal bleeding that is not normal for you, see a doctor right away. Also see a doctor if you have any of the other symptoms for two weeks or longer and they are not normal for you. Symptoms may be caused by something other than cancer, but the only way to know is to see your doctor.
Use our Symptoms Diaries below to track possible symptoms over a two-week timespan.
- Gynecologic Cancer Symptoms Diary pdf icon[PDF-114KB] (9 inches wide and 6 inches tall, 2 pages)
- Gynecologic Cancer Symptoms Diary Wallet Card pdf icon[PDF-507KB] (11.25 inches wide and 3.5 inches tall, 2 pages)