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A 37-year-old member asked:

Does a yeast infection cause vaginal cancer or any other serious problems?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 35 years experience
No, not related: The typical vaginal yeast infections are fairly common, and over-the-counter medications are available. Yeast infections do not cause vaginal cancer. Regular check-ups with one's doctor are a good way to lower one's chances of getting cervical cancer and vaginal cancer. Any unusual vaginal symptoms can be evaluated by a primary care or ob-gyn doctor.
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Dr. Lester Thompson
Pathology 35 years experience
Not really: A fungal (yeast) infection of the vagina if left alone for a long period (years), may be associated with hyperplasia, which along with additional factors, may ultimately lead to dysplasia and then cancer. Hpv is a much more closely associated risk factor for the development of dysplasia and then cancer than yeast infections.
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Last updated Mar 19, 2013


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