Signs and Symptoms of Vaginal Cancer

More than 8 out of 10 women with invasive vaginal cancer have one or more symptoms, such as:

  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding (often after intercourse)
  • Abnormal vaginal discharge
  • A mass that can be felt
  • Pain during intercourse

Symptoms of advanced vaginal cancer may be painful urination, constipation, and continuous pain in the pelvis.

Having these symptoms does not always mean that you have cancer. In fact, these symptoms are more likely to be caused by something besides cancer, like an infection. The only way to know for sure what’s causing these problems is to see a health care professional. If you have any of these symptoms, discuss them with a doctor right away. Remember, the sooner the problem is correctly diagnosed, the sooner you can start treatment, and the more effective your treatment will be.

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Last Medical Review: June 17, 2014 Last Revised: February 16, 2016

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