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Vaginal Cancer

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Vaginal Cancer

What is vaginal cancer?

Vaginal cancer is cancer which originates in the vagina. It is actually extremely rare as most cancers found in the vagina have actually originated somewhere else in the body, such as from the uterus.

What are the symptoms of vaginal cancer?

The symptoms of vaginal cancer aren't always clear but if you notice any of the following, please visit your doctor or gynaecologist immediately:

  • Bloody discharge, other than a normal period.
  • Bleeding during sexual intercourse.
  • Bleeding from the vagina after the menopause.

At what age is a woman most likely to develop vaginal cancer?

Vaginal cancer usually only occurs in women over the age of 50 and is rarely seen in women under that age.

How is vaginal cancer treated?

Surgery to remove part or all of the vagina is often necessary. This is a complicated operation, however if it is carried out in time, a full recovery is possible. Radiotherapy may also be required.

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