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what are the symptoms, if any of vaginal cancer?

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Varies with stage: Vaginal cancer is uncommon but does occur. As it developes, there would be little, if any discomfort. The first signs may be bleeding with sex, and eventually an increased vaginal discharge, with or without bleeding. By the time pain symptoms occur with a vaginal cancer, it usually is invading into the surrounding tissues. Vaginal cancer could be found on your annual exam, before symptoms occur.
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Pain and bleeding: There will be blood seen that is seen between or at times when not expected from menstruation. Pain is common with sexual activity. With advanced cancer there can be invasion into the bladder or rectum causing changes or bleeding in urine or bowel. Cervix cancer symptoms can be similar. A pelvic exam by your gynecologist with pap smears is the best screening and should be done yearly.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Discharge, mass: Pain, ulcer. Vaginal cancers are less common than cervical cancer. The lesions are likely to manifest by producing bloody discharge, mass and/or ulcer in the vagina, depending on the location, pain. Bleeding on intercourse may be an early sign.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for vaginal cancer?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Physical and biopsy: The first step would be physical examination of the suspected lesion. A biopsy of the lesion and examination of the tissue by a pathologist are usually necessary.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What are the major presenting symptoms of vaginal cancer?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Discharge, mass: Pain, ulcer. Vaginal cancers are less common than cervical cancer. The lesions are likely to manifest by producing bloody discharge, mass and/or ulcer in the vagina, depending on the location, pain. Bleeding on intercourse may be an early sign.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What are the signs and symptoms of vaginal cancer?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Discharge, mass: Pain, ulcer. Vaginal cancers are less common than cervical cancer. The lesions are likely to manifest by producing bloody discharge, mass and/or ulcer in the vagina, depending on the location, pain. Bleeding on intercourse may be an early sign.
A 42-year-old member asked:

How common is vaginal cancer ?

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Dr. Jonathan Tay
Radiation Oncology 30 years experience
Not very: According to the american cancer society, there are estimated 2680 cases diagnosed in 2012, which is about 1/100 of gynecological malignancies.
A 31-year-old member asked:

How can you know you have vaginal cancer?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
Bleeding/GYN exam.: This often presents with no symptoms. The most common symptom is irregular vaginal bleeding, like after intercourse or between periods, or postmenopausal. Other symptoms are pain on urination, pain during intercourse, or pelvic pain. Probably the best way to find out if you have this is by routine gyn exam, pelvic exam, pap smear, colposcopy, etc.. Des exposure predisposes to this cancer.

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