Cervical cancer is one of the few cancers that can be largely prevented through screening (Pap tests). Having regular Pap tests is the best way women can protect themselves against cervical cancer - regular Pap tests can prevent around 90% of cervical cancers.
The early stages of cervical cancer often have no symptoms. The only way to know if there are abnormal cells in the cervix, which may develop into cervical cancer, is to have a Pap test.
Sometimes abnormal bleeding, discharge or pain may be a sign of cervical cancer and should be checked by your doctor immediately. Pelvic pain, excessive tiredness, swollen legs or backache can be signs of more advanced cancer.
These symptoms can also be due to other more common problems, but you should still have them checked by your doctor.