Cervical cancer

Every year 3,000 cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed in the UK. The NHS Cervical Screening Programme and early detection of cell changes have helped reduce the number of cervical cancer cases in the UK. 

What is cervical cancer?

Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that develops in a woman's cervix (the entrance to the womb from the vagina). Cancer of the cervix often has no symptoms in its early stages. If you do have symptoms, the most common is unusual vaginal bleeding, which can occur after sex, in between periods or after the menopause.


The symptoms of cervical cancer aren't always obvious, and it may not cause any symptoms at all until it's reached an advanced stage. This is why it is very important to attend your cervical screening appointments.

Jo's cervical cancer trust have created the below image and video describing some of the recognised symptoms:

Cervical cancer symptoms



Further information

More information is available through NHS choices and Jo's cervical cancer trust website.