Only a third of women would visit a GP if they experienced a common symptom of cervical cancer, figures suggest.
Just 33% of women would go to see a doctor if they bled outside of a period, according to a poll of 2,700 women.
Almost a quarter (23%) of women surveyed by charity Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust said they had experienced abnormal bleeding, but a third of them said they did not go to a medical professional straight away because they felt it was normal for a woman.
Of the one in five who said they had previously experienced pain or discomfort during sex, another symptom of the disease, 68% said they did not see a medical professional because of it.
Robert Music, director of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, said: “Symptoms for cervical cancer like abnormal bleeding and pain during sex can be quite common, so it’s understandable that women may not take urgent action.
“However, it is worrying to see that many are prepared to put up with these conditions, dismissing them as normal and just part and parcel of being a woman.
“Every day in the UK nine women are diagnosed and nearly three women die from the disease. Early detection is, therefore, key to improving survival rates and quality of life.”