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Vaginal Cancer In Children
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I know vaginal cancer is infrequent. Do you know if this cancer is most common in african or caucasian? Thanks
African-American: In the us, vaginal cancer is more common among black and hispanic women. As you have written, vaginal cancer is fairly uncommon. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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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