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A 28-year-old female asked:

does vaginal cancer grow slowly or quickly?

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Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Depends: Depending on the type of cancer, some grow slowly and some grow faster. No matter what though, early diagnosis and treatment is paramount to the best outcome. Best wishes to you.
Dr. Steven Hebert
Pathology 29 years experience
Timeline of cancer: Most cancers of the vagina will be squamous cell carcinomas that arise from a focus of dysplasia (premalignant change). This change can take a very long time or can happen within months. If the tumor becomes invasive it can spread quickly.

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