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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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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 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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How does vaginal cancer affect the body?

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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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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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?

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?

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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Dr. John Geisler
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