The vagina, often called the birth canal goes from the cervix to the open vulva. While this is the rarest of cancers we see it has many of the same treatment methods as the other cancers.
There are Different Kinds of Risk Factors for Vaginal CancerDifferent cancers that we treat have different risk factors, such as age, race, smoking, drinking and diet. It has shown that certain risk factors make a woman more likely to develop vaginal cancer, but many of the patients with vanginal cancer don’t have any apparent risk factors. It is very hard to identity the risk factors associated with the caner. Cancers that begin in gland cells are called adenocarcinomas. About 15 of every 100 cases of vaginal cancer are adenocarcinomas. The usual type of vaginal adenocarcinoma typically develops in women older than 50. Having routine pelvic exams and knowing any symptoms of vulvar cancer greatly improve the chances of early detection and successful treatment. There is no standard screening for this disease. It is best to get frequent well visit exams from your physician.
About 70 in 100 cases of vaginal cancer are squamous cell carcinomas. These cancers begin in the squamous cells that make up the epithelial lining of the vagina.
Cancers starting in the vagina are much less common than cancers starting in other organs, such as the cervix, uterus, or bladder which then spread to the vagina.
- Early cervical cancer typically has no symptoms
- Irregular bleeding
- Vaginal discharge
- Pelvic pain
- Postcoital bleeding
- History of cervical cancer/dysplasia
- Chronic vulvar pruritis
- Radical Surgery