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What causes vaginal cancer?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Like other cancers, vaginal cancer begins when healthy normal cells mutate, or change, into abnormal cells. The abnormal cells grow, accumulate, and spread, turning into tumors. The humanpapillomavirus (HPV) may be a cause of the most common type of vaginal cancer, which occurs in the surface of the vagina. HPV is a sexually transmitted virus. Having vulvar cancer and cervical cancer can increase your risk for vaginal cancer.

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