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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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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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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

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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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How common is vaginal cancer?

How common is vaginal cancer?

Rare: The rate is 1 in 3, 300 people, or 0.03% of the population. Risk factors for vaginal cancer include: history of abnormal pap smear, hpv warts, previous hpv infection, ano-rectal cancer, vaginal intraepithial neoplasia, and multiple sexual partners. Smokers have a harder time fighting hpv infections and thus have higher rates of vaginal cancer. ...Read more

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How common is vaginal cancer ?

How common is vaginal cancer ?

Vaginal cancer: Very rare. It is 1/10th as common as cervical cancer. About 1200-1500 cases per year. ...Read more

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What’s new in vaginal cancer research?

Several things: Scientists are learning more about tumor suppressor genes, refining radiation therapy techniques, and developing new procedures for reconstruction after surgery. ...Read more

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How can you know you have vaginal cancer?

How can you know you have vaginal cancer?

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. ...Read more

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What are the major presenting symptoms of vaginal cancer?

What are the major presenting 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 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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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 there any kind of discharge involved in vaginal cancer?

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

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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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Dr. John Geisler
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