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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.See 1 more doctor answer
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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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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
No: Vaginal cancer is very rare and not related to periods.
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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