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.
Doubles the risks. Smoking has been associated with a doubling of the risk of vaginal cancer; vaginal and cervical cancers are more likely in active smokers.

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I have human papillomavirus. Does this increase my chances of getting vaginal cancer?

Yes! Yes, hpv directly causes at least 50% of all vaginal and vulvar cancers, as well as all cerivical cancers, much of anal cancers, 70% of head-and-neck cancers and most non-melanoma skin cancers amongst other problems! That's a ton of cancers from one virus!
Cervical cancer risk. Hpv is a risk factor for cervical cancer and anal cancer. You should be screened annually with a pap smear and an anorectal examination. Here is a link to the national cancer institute regarding hpv and cancer. Http://www. Cancer. Gov/cancertopics/factsheet/risk/hpv.

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.
Yes. But the type of cancer that they get in this area is usually different than what adults get. A very rare type of tumor, known as rhabdomyosarcoma, will often occur in this region, but other types of cancer can also happen in this area in young girls.

Is it true that young girls who eat chinese food can get vaginal cancer?

Vaginal cancer. This is absolutely false. This type of rumor arises out of hate and racist thoughts. There is no basis for these rumors.
Chinese Food & Diet. There is no credible evidence linking chinese food to vaginal cancer. All diets, including our "american" diet, contain substances that have been purported to increase the risk of certain cancers - like red meats and animal fats in causing colon cancer. In fact, the literature is pretty sparse on what causes vaginal cancer - the hpv virus & a drug (not used in us) are the only well-known causes.

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.
Vaginal cancer. It is very unlikely for an 18 year old to get cervical or vaginal cancer. Even the precancerous lesions are very unlikely unless you have some sort of immunosuppression (hiv, transplant. ..).

Is radiation and chemotherapy the only way to get rid of vaginal cancer?

It depends... Vaginal cancer treatment can depend on size of tumor and whether or not it is suspected to have spread to lymph nodes or other sites in the pelvis. If it is caught early enough and once the pathologist reports on the extent of disease, you should talk with your gyn-oncologist on appropriate, specific treatment for you.
Depends. Usually chemoradiation is the way to go. Surgery can potentially play a role depending on the details of the tumor. Here is a good resource on vaginal cancer. Http://www. Cancer. Net/cancer-types/vaginal-cancer.

I have lump. Do I have vaginal cancer?

Prob not, c ur doc! Most lumps in the vagina are benign and normal. See your gynecologist to have an exam and will likely put your mind at ease.
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.

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.