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Gynecologic Cancer Symptoms

Because the term gynecologic cancer covers a broad range of cancers – cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal and vulvar – symptoms can vary widely, based on the specific type of cancer. For example, abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge may be symptoms of all forms of gynecologic cancers, except for vulvar, while abdominal pain and bloating tends to be confined to ovarian cancer. In addition to these symptoms, gynecologic cancers can also produce, depending on the type:

  • Pelvic pain or pressure
  • Changes in bathroom habits
  • Itching or burning in the vulva
  • Changes in the vulva skin (for example, warts or rashes)

It is important to remember symptoms of gynecologic cancer can be caused by other, less serious conditions. However, if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, see your healthcare provider right away for a proper diagnosis. If it is cancer, the sooner it’s diagnosed, the better the chance of recovery.