Vaginal Cancer Symptoms & Signs
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What Are the Symptoms of Vaginal Cancer?
Finding vaginal cancer while it is still at an early stage increases the chance for successful treatment. While symptoms usually do not develop until the cancer is at an advanced stage, being aware of the possible signs of vaginal cancer and discussing them with your doctor right away if you experience them may improve the chance of catching it and treating it at an earlier stage.
Regular gynecological exams also help doctors find pre-cancerous conditions and early invasive cancers before symptoms may even be present.
Once the disease becomes invasive, symptoms of vaginal cancer may include:
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding
- Abnormal vaginal discharge
- An obvious mass
- Pain during intercourse
In more advanced vaginal cancers, symptoms may include painful urination, constipation and continuous pelvic pain.
Since these signs of vaginal cancer may also indicate any number of non-cancerous conditions, such as an infection, any unusual pain or abnormal discharges should be discussed with your gynecologist to accurately identify the cause and determine the appropriate treatment, if necessary.
NOTE: These symptoms may be attributed to a number of conditions other than cancer. It is important to consult with a medical professional for an accurate diagnosis.
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