early signs of vaginal cancer
Women with vaginal cancer may experience the following symptoms or signs.
Sometimes, women with vaginal cancer do not have any of these changes.
Or, the cause of a symptom may be a different medical condition that is not cancer.
Precancerous conditions, and early-stage vaginal cancer do not often cause symptoms.
Cancer in later stages can cause symptoms. Many cases of VaIN and early vaginal cancer can be found through regular gynecological examinations or Pap tests.
The most common symptom of vaginal cancer is abnormal vaginal bleeding.
Vaginal bleeding during or after menopause is the sign of a problem and should be discussed with your doctor.
Other symptoms of vaginal cancer include:
- Abnormal vaginal discharge
- Difficulty or pain when urinating
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Pain in the pelvic area (the lower part of the abdomen between the hip bones)
- Swelling in the legs
- Pain in the back or legs
- Abnormal bowel function
If you are concerned about any changes you experience, please talk with your doctor.
Your doctor will ask how long and how often you’ve been experiencing the symptom(s), in addition to other questions.
This is to help figure out the cause of the problem, called a diagnosis.
If cancer is diagnosed, relieving symptoms remains an important part of cancer care and treatment.
This is symptom management, palliative care, or supportive care.
Be sure to talk with your health care team about the symptoms you experience, including any new symptoms or a change in symptoms.