What are the symptoms of gynaecological cancers?


The symptoms of gynaecological cancers depend on where the tumour is situated, the size of the tumour and how quickly it is growing.

Symptoms that may be caused by gynaecological cancers include:

  • abnormal or persistent vaginal bleeding – for example, bleeding after menopause, bleeding that is not part of menstrual periods, or bleeding after sex
  • unusual vaginal discharge
  • pain, pressure or discomfort in the abdomen
  • weight loss[1]
  • swelling of the abdomen
  • change in bowel or bladder habits
  • pain during sex
  • itching, burning or soreness in the pelvic region
  • lumps, sores or wart-like growths.

There are a number of conditions that may cause these symptoms. If any of these symptoms are experienced, it is important that you talk to a doctor.