From breast cancer to cervical cancer these are the types of cancers that women are more prone to have or be familiar with. Vaginal cancer is a rare cancer that occurs in your vagina the, muscular tube that connects your uterus with your outer genitals. Vaginal cancer most commonly occurs in the cells that line the surface of your vagina, which is sometimes called the birth canal. While several cancers can spread to your vagina from other places in your body, cancer that begins in your vagina (primary vaginal cancer) is rare. Women with early-stage vaginal cancer have the best chance for a cure. Vaginal cancer that spreads beyond the vagina is much more difficult to treat. mayoclinic (mayoclinic.com) Vaginal cancer often does not cause early symptoms and may be found during a routine Pap test. When symptoms occur they may be caused by vaginal cancer or by other conditions. A doctor should be consulted if any of the following problems occur bleeding or discharge not related to menstrual periods, pain during sexual intercourse, pain in the pelvic area and a lump in the vagina. Tests that examine the vagina and other organs in the pelvis are used to detect (find) and diagnose vaginal cancer. The tests and procedures that can be done are a physical exam, pelvic exam, biopsy, and a colposcopy. md (mdweb.com) Every woman is different and deals with her diagnoses in her own way, learning more about your cancer to make choices about your treatment is very important.
* Uterus: /uter·us/ (u´ter-us) pl. u´teri [L.] the hollow muscular organ in female mammals in which the blastocyst normally becomes embedded and in which the developing embryo and fetus is nourished. Its cavity opens into the vagina below and into a uterine tube on either side.
* Cancer: Cancer is not just one disease, but a large group of almost 100 diseases. Its two main characteristics are uncontrolled growth of the cells in...
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