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Can a 18 year old get vaginal cancer?

Can a 18 year old get vaginal cancer?

Very, very rarely: Vaginal cancer is rare, and usually found in older women (at least over the age of 30!) or uncommonly in very young girls (under the age of 8). Young adult women should think about preventing cervical cancer by getting vaccinated for hpv, and see a healthcare provider if you are have concerns about pain, discharge, lumps or bumps, or other changes in your vagina. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Is radiation and chemotherapy the only way to get rid of vaginal cancer?

Is radiation and chemotherapy the only way to get rid of vaginal cancer?

It depends...: Vaginal cancer treatment can depend on size of tumor and whether or not it is suspected to have spread to lymph nodes or other sites in the pelvis. If it is caught early enough and once the pathologist reports on the extent of disease, you should talk with your gyn-oncologist on appropriate, specific treatment for you. ...Read more

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Can kids get vaginal cancer?

Can kids get vaginal cancer?

One kind, rarely: There is one rare type of vaginal cancer that is usually seen in young girls. It is called sarcoma botryoides or embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma, and looks like a bunch of grapes that hang out through the opening of the vagina. It can be treated with a combination of surgery and chemotherapy, and sometimes radiation. ...Read more

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Is vaginal cancer that grows slowing more common in young or old women? Thanks ps: I know that in generally vaginal cancer is more common in old women

Is vaginal cancer that grows slowing more common in young or old women? Thanks ps: I know that in generally vaginal cancer is more common in old women

Elderly: Vaginal cancer is found in elderly women. It would be very rare to find it in a young person so predicting the growth rate in a young woman would not be possible. ...Read more

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Does smoking increase my risks of getting vaginal cancer?

Does smoking increase my risks of getting vaginal cancer?

Possible but????: The major risk factor for vaginal cancer is hpv or human papillomavirus infection. One case study showed double the risk for adenocarcinoma of the vagina in smokers, but other studies have not found this association. However, so many other cancers (mouth, lips, tongue, throat, esophagus, breast, bladder) are associated that there is every reason to quit. ...Read more

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Is vaginal cancer genetic?

Is vaginal cancer genetic?

Mostly due to HPV: Most vaginal cancers are not related to any inherited genetic risk but instead are due to the sexually transmitted human papilloma virus (hpv). The same high-risk types that cause cervical cancer and precancerous changes can have the same effect on the vagina, vulva, and anus. ...Read more

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I have lump. Do I have vaginal cancer?

Do you know your: Way around your vulvo-vaginal area well enough to know normal versus something new? Maybe you do, but you need to find a trusted practitioner to take a look and advise next step. Few lumps prove serious, but ignorance is solved by expert advice of your doctor. ...Read more

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Can infections lead to vaginal cancer?

Can infections lead to vaginal cancer?

Yes and depends: Specifically hpv which is linked to cervix, anal, oropharynx cancer can also raise risk of vaginal cancer. This usually occurs in women in their 60's-70's as we've stopped using des. Also remember cervix dysplasia or cancer is a risk for vaginal dysplasia & cancer. ...Read more

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How are PID and vaginal cancer related?

Both are STD's: Pid (pelvic inflammatory disease) starts with a sexually transmitted bacterial infection such as gonorrhea or chlamydia which gains access to the upper pelvic organs. Vaginal dysplasia and cancer start off with the sexually-transmitted hpv (human papilloma virus), which also can cause cervical and vulvar cancers. So these two diseases are caused by different agents indifferent areas. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for vaginal cancer?

Depends on stage: Most all vaginal cancers are of the squamous cell carcinoma type. The treatment thereof depends on the stage (how advanced) of the cancer and the age/overall health of the patient. The nccn website provides guidelines that are updated periodically and are referenced by many oncologists (cancer doctors). A more detailed answer is beyond the scope of this format. ...Read more

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Is vaginal itching a sign of vaginal cancer?

No, not necessarily: But look out for any growth or thickening of the skin or muscosa. That can be a sign of cancer and itching can be a symptoms in some cases. ...Read more

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Is it true that gardasil will prevent vaginal cancer?

Is it true that gardasil will prevent vaginal cancer?

Yes: Cervarix is another vacination against hpv 16 & 18, gardiasil protect against hpv 16 & 18, also 6 & 11. 16 & 18 are associated with cervical, vaginal, vulvar cancer. 6 & 11 more associated with genital wart (not necessary cervical cancer). Cervarix seems to be more potent thant gardiasil for prevention of cancer (still both are very good). Get either one. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis of vaginal cancer in DES daughter?

What is the prognosis of vaginal cancer in DES daughter?

Significant: Women exposed while in the womb are 40 times more likely to develop vaginal or cervical cancer than women not exposed. The studies are primarily done on women who have not gone into menopause yet. ...Read more

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What're the symptoms of cervical cancer or vaginal cancer?

What're the symptoms of cervical cancer or vaginal cancer?

None, until...: What makes both cervical cancer (common) and vaginal cancer (quite rare) so vicious is that they are asymptomatic until they're quite advanced. This is one of the reasons for a routine health check here. Your physician knows how to do this. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is there any relation between using a condom and vaginal cancer?

Is there any relation between using a condom and vaginal cancer?

No: Condom use during sex would most likely protect you from one day ever developing vaginal cancer. The reason for this is that hpv is the major cause of vaginal cancer. While condom use decreases, it does not eliminate the risk of getting an hpv infection. Get regular pap smears and follow up with your doctor as directed. ...Read more

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What type of laboratory values are too high or too low in vaginal cancer? Thanks

What type of laboratory values are too high or too low in vaginal cancer? Thanks

Not the key: Bloodwork isn't the key either to detecting, to diagnosing, or to treating any of the vaginal cancers or vulvar cancers. If you have a suspicious lesion there, it needs to be biopsied. If you do not, stop being concerned. Take it from this pathologist -- all the miracles of today's labs are often no substitute for the directed physical exam. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What are the possible side effects of treatments for vaginal cancer?

What are the possible side effects of treatments for vaginal cancer?

Various...: If you have to undergo chemotherapy +/- radiation therapy, there are various effects from these treatments. Chemotherapy side effects are various and common. There could be some scarring or scar tissue of the bladder/rectum/etc from radiation. From the surgery to remove vaginal cancer, the side effects could include bleeding, infection, also scarring, etc. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of uterine cancer and vaginal cancer?

Irregular bleeding: Uterine cancer may be asymptotic. Symptoms include, vaginal bleeding after menopause, prolonged periods or bleeding between periods, an abnormal, watery or blood-tinged discharge from your vagina, pelvic pain, pain during intercourse, enlarged lymph lymphnodes. In the case of vaginal cancer a mass or ulcer in the vagina. Anemia, weakness. In late stages, weight loss and cachexia. ...Read more

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Which are the concrete uterine cancer symptoms and vaginal cancer symptoms?

Which are the concrete uterine cancer symptoms and vaginal cancer symptoms?

Common, not concrete: Most common early sign of uterine cancer is bleeding. Rare in young people- more common post-menopausal.

For vaginal cancer, bleeding and pain would be high up on the list of symptoms. ...Read more

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How does vaginal cancer affect the body?

Local and distant: Vaginal cancer is uncommon, it is associated with hpv infection, local lesion is usually an ulcerated mass with bleeding and invasion into surrounding tissues and lymph nodes and later spread to other organs. See this site for more info.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/vaginal-cancer/ds00812. ...Read more

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Does vaginal cancer grow slowly or quickly?

Does vaginal cancer grow slowly or quickly?

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. ...Read more

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Does vaginal cancer usually cause many symptoms?

Yes/no: Depends on what type of vaginal cancer, but usually no. However, it is exceedingly rare to have. ...Read more

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Does vaginal cancer cause a foul odor down there?

Does vaginal cancer cause a foul odor down there?

Possibly: Vaginal cancer is extremely rare, but can cause discharge, as well as non-period bleeding from the vagina and pain when you have sex. More common causes of foul odor from the vagina include a yeast infection or sexually transmitted infection. You should see a healthcare provider for evaluation and treatment of any unusual discharge or odor from the vagina! ...Read more

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What is the prognosis of vaginal cancer? Can it spread t other areas other areas of the body?

What is the prognosis of vaginal cancer? Can it spread t other areas other areas of the body?

Good prognosis: It likes to spread usually locally first, so it needs to be treated locally. Prognosis depends on stage and extent of disease involvement. In very advance stage it can metastasize to other organs. ...Read more

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Is vulval cancer different from vaginal cancer?

Is vulval cancer different from vaginal cancer?

Yes: The vulva are the external lips at the opening of the vagina. Vaginal cancer would originate inside the vagina from the vaginal mucosal lining, whereas vulvar cancer would start outside of the vagina. Vulvar cancer could spread to the vagina, just as a vaginal cancer could spread outward to the vulva. With either, early detection and treatment gives the best outcome. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of vaginal cancer?

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. ...Read more

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Is there any kind of discharge involved in vaginal cancer?

Sometimes: Vaginal cancer is very rare, but can cause discharge, as well as non-period bleeding from the vagina and pain when you have sex. Other causes of discharge from the vagina, such a yeast infection or sexually transmitted infection, are much more common. Any unusual discharge from the vagina is cause for concern, and often treatable, so you should see a healthcare provider about it! ...Read more

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Do you necessarily have to go through chemotherapy if you have vaginal cancer?

Do you necessarily have to go through chemotherapy if you have vaginal cancer?

No, depends.: You should be seeing a gyn-oncologist, but it depends on the severity and size of the vaginal cancer. Typically, radiation may be necessary, again it depends on the severity and size as determined by initial surgery for removal and staging of the cancer. ...Read more

Dr. John Geisler
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