Vaginal cancer symptoms

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Maurie Markman, MD, President, Medicine & Science

This page was updated on June 7, 2022.

Vaginal cancer may not have early signs when it’s confined to the cells lining the vagina. Symptoms usually do not develop until vaginal cancer is at an advanced stage, but once the disease becomes invasive, symptoms may include:

  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • Abnormal vaginal discharge
  • An obvious mass
  • Pain during intercourse

In more advanced cancers that develop in the vagina, symptoms may include:

  • Painful urination
  • Constipation
  • Continuous pelvic pain

These symptoms may not be a sign that the patient has vaginal cancer, and it’s likely that these signs may be related to another cause. However, women experiencing these symptoms should contact the care team for evaluation to identify what may be causing them.  

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