Vaginal Cancer starts in cells of the vagina. The vagina is a thin-walled, muscular tube that connects the cervix (opening of the uterus) to the outside of the body. Its main functions are providing a passageway for menstruation, sexual intercourse and childbirth. It is also known as the birth canal.
Primary Vaginal Cancer (cancer that starts in cells of the vagina) is not common. Cancers that start in other organs and spread to the vagina occur more often. Cancer usually spreads to the vagina from other reproductive organs, like the cervix (most common), vulva, uterus and ovaries.
The signs and symptoms of Vaginal Cancer can also be caused by other health conditions. It is important to have any unusual symptoms checked by a doctor.
Signs and symptoms of Vaginal Cancer are:
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding
- After intercourse
- After menopause
- Between menstrual periods
- After vaginal douching
- Abnormal vaginal discharge – May be foul smelling or blood tinged
- Painful sexual intercourse
- Lump in the vagina that can be felt