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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

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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How common is vaginal cancer?

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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What’s new in vaginal cancer research?

What’s new in vaginal cancer research?

Several things: Scientists are learning more about tumor suppressor genes, refining radiation therapy techniques, and developing new procedures for reconstruction after surgery. ...Read more

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How can you know you have vaginal cancer?

How can you know you have vaginal cancer?

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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What are the major presenting symptoms of vaginal cancer?

What are the major presenting 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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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 a 18 year old get vaginal cancer?

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

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Is vulval cancer different from vaginal cancer?

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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What are the signs and 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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Does smoking increase my risks of getting vaginal cancer?

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

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Is there any kind of discharge involved in vaginal cancer?

Is there any kind of discharge involved in vaginal cancer?

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

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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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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

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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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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 is the prognosis of vaginal cancer in DES daughter?

What is the prognosis of vaginal cancer in DES daughter?

Significant: Women exposed while in the womb are 40 times more likely to develop vaginal or cervical cancer than women not exposed. The studies are primarily done on women who have not gone into menopause yet. ...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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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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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 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 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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What are the signs of vaginal cancer?

Vaginal cancer: Is more common in the elderly, presenting with bleeding. Younger women may have painful intercourse, dryness, bleeding, and visual change on pap. ...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

Dr. John Geisler
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