What are the symptoms of vaginal cancer?

Symptoms of vaginal cancer include:
  • Vaginal bleeding after intercourse
  • A lump in the vagina that can be felt
  • Pain during sex
  • Pain when urinating
  • Constipation
  • Constant pain in the pelvis
  • Abnormal vaginal discharge

You may not have symptoms during the early stages of vaginal cancer. When they do occur, symptoms may include vaginal bleeding, especially after menopause or after sexual intercourse. Other signs might be a watery discharge from your vagina, painful or frequent urination, pelvic pain, constipation, and a mass in the vagina. You might also have sores in your vagina that could become infected.

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Vaginal Cancer

Although less common than other types of gynecologic cancers, vaginal cancer can be very deadly once it spreads to other parts of the body.Several types of vaginal cancer exist, with the most common being squamous cell carcinoma, ...

which typically develops in the upper region of the vagina. Less than 3% of gynecologic cancers begin in the vagina, although several other cancer types commonly spread to this area. It is unknown what causes vaginal cancer, but several factors increase your risk to develop the disease. If youre over the age of 60, have the human papillomavirus (HPV) or have had other gynecologic cancers like cervical cancer, youre more likely to develop this disease. See your doctor if you have a bloody and rank smelling vaginal discharge, notice painful urination or pelvic pain, or feel a lump in your vagina.

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