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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?

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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Dr. John Geisler
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