Can Vaginal Cancer Be Found Early?

Sometimes vaginal cancer can be found early, when it's small and hasn't spread. It can cause symptoms that lead women to seek medical attention. But many vaginal cancers don't cause symptoms until they've grown and spread.

Pre-cancerous areas of vaginal intraepithelial neoplasia (VAIN) don't usually cause any symptoms.

Still, routine well-woman exams and cervical cancer screening can sometimes find cases of VAIN and early invasive vaginal cancer.

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American Society of Clinical Oncology. Vaginal Cancer: Risk Factors and Prevention. 08/2017. Accessed at www.cancer.net/cancer-types/vaginal-cancer/risk-factors-and-prevention on March 7, 2018.  

Last Medical Review: March 19, 2018 Last Revised: March 19, 2018

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