Vaginal Cancer

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Early Detection, Diagnosis, and Staging TOPICS

Can vaginal cancer be found early?

Some cases of vaginal cancer can be found early. They may produce symptoms that cause patients to seek medical attention, but many vaginal cancers do not cause symptoms until after they have reached an advanced stage. Pre-cancerous areas of vaginal intraepithelial neoplasia (VAIN) do not usually produce any symptoms. Still, well-woman exams and cervical cancer screening can sometimes find cases of VAIN and early invasive vaginal cancer.

Last Medical Review: 06/17/2014
Last Revised: 02/16/2016