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What is vaginal cancer?

What is vaginal cancer?

Vaginal Cancer : Vaginal cancer occurs in several varieties and involves an unchecked proliferation of the cells lining your vaginal canal. They are typically called "adenocarcinomas." the prognosis depends on their size, location, extent of spread, and classification. Unless your mother took the des pill before you were born, your risk at your age is very small. If concerned, consult your gynecologist for an exam. ...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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Who gets vaginal cancer?

Who gets vaginal cancer?

Risk factors are:: The hpv family of viruses encompasses over 100 different strains responsible for cervical cancer, genital warts and vulvar/vaginal cancer. Risk factors include multiple sexual partners, early age of first intercourse, history of abnormal pap smear, history of rectal cancer or hiv. Also, taking chronic meds like steroids or immune modulating meds for auto-immune diseases can increase the risk. ...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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Can vaginal cancer be cured?

Poor prognosis: Unfortunately, vaginal cancer has a poor prognosis. 80% of vaginal cancers are metastatic (spread) from cancer originating in other organs in the pelvis. If a cancer has already spread, prognosis is usually poor. Overall 5 year survival for vaginal cancer is about 40%. Cancers that are caught early on before they have spread have a better chance of cure. ...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 is vaginal cancer staged?

How is vaginal cancer staged?

The T, N & M: System. T assesses confined to vagina (i), invades paravaginal tissues (ii), extends to bony pelvic walls (iii), or invading rectum or bladder (iv). N1 extends to regional nodes. ...Read more

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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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How is vaginal cancer treated?

How is vaginal cancer treated?

Excision: Vaginal cancer is rare and is usually treated with excision of the cancer and possibly lymph node removal. This may be followed by radiation and/or chemotherapy. ...Read more

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How is vaginal cancer diagnosed?

How is vaginal cancer diagnosed?

Biopsy: Examination, evaluation by gynecologist may lead to a biopsy of a suspicious lesion. This is the only way to diagnose it. ...Read more

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Is vaginal cancer a common thing?

Is vaginal cancer a common thing?

No: There are generally less than 3000 cases per year in the United States. www.cancer.net is a great resource for more information on vaginal cancer. http://www.cancer.net/cancer-types/vaginal-cancer. ...Read more

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Dr. John Geisler
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