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I have lump. Do I have vaginal cancer?

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. 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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The lump I have is in the upper part of my vagina and about a quarter size round, could this be a vaginal cancer?

The lump I have is in the upper part of my vagina and about a quarter size round, could this be a vaginal cancer?

Not necessarily.: Lumps in and around the vagina can be caused by many things, including but not limited to tumors, abscesses, lymph nodes, endometriosis, cervical masses, ectopic pregnancies, etc. I would strongly recommend seeing your gynecologist to have it looked at. ...Read more

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Do I have vaginal cancer? I have constant discharge between periods and my vagian seems to be sagging or enlarged. I'm 17.

It would be: Remarkable for a 17 year old to have "vaginal" cancer. But you need an expert to look at your "parts", internal and external, and help you figure out your symptoms, learn your history (sexual, family, other conditions) and you do a disservice thinking i can discernwhether you are fine or are in trouble on the internet. ...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 vaginal cancer be cured?

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 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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What are the tests for vaginal cancer?

What are the tests for vaginal cancer?

Physical and biopsy: The first step would be physical examination of the suspected lesion. A biopsy of the lesion and examination of the tissue by a pathologist are usually necessary. ...Read more

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What's the prognosis of vaginal cancer?

What's the prognosis of vaginal cancer?

Depends: Like most solid tumors the prognosis for your disease will depend upon the stage of the disease. The lower the stage, the less tumor there is and the more likely a good prognosis. As the stage of disease increases tumor burden increases and the less good the prognosis. Remember though that statistics are based on groups of people and do not necessarily apply to any one individual. ...Read more

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What are the 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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What is the prognosis of having vaginal cancer?

What is the prognosis of having vaginal cancer?

Depends: There are many factors which play into prognosis. Staging of the disease is very important. Staging classifies the diseases into stages 0 through IV depending on the extent of the tumor (t), whether the cancer has spread to lymph nodes (n) and whether it has spread to distant sites (m for metastasis). Stage helps to predict prognosis and helps to determine the most appropriate treatment course. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms, if any of vaginal cancer?

What are the symptoms, if any of vaginal cancer?

Pain and bleeding: There will be blood seen that is seen between or at times when not expected from menstruation. Pain is common with sexual activity. With advanced cancer there can be invasion into the bladder or rectum causing changes or bleeding in urine or bowel. Cervix cancer symptoms can be similar. A pelvic exam by your gynecologist with pap smears is the best screening and should be done yearly. ...Read more

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What are some of the risk factors for vaginal cancer?

What are some of the risk factors for vaginal cancer?

HPV, smoking etc: Risk factors are similar to those for cervical cancer, i.e., hpv infection, multiple sex partners, early age at first intercourse, smoking, and HIV infection, for more information consult the following site. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/vaginal-cancer/ds00812. ...Read more

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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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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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What are the treatments for vaginal cancer?

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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What about screening for vaginal cancer?

Pap smear: The pap smear screens for the same changes in the vagina or cervix. When a doctor performs a pap smear for an abnormal pap smear they look in the vagina as well as on the cervix. ...Read more

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Are vulval cancer and vaginal cancer caused by hpv?

Are vulval cancer and vaginal cancer caused by hpv?

Associated: Hpv is associated with genital areas for warts and cancers in men and women which can include inside into the vagina and cervix and anus. Head and neck linings can also be associated with hpv. What I am saying hpv does not always lead to or cause these cancers and these cancers can occur without hpv. Gardasil vaccines can help prevent hpv. ...Read more

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Dr. John Geisler
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