Does anyone know about vaginal cancer?

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-12-2003
Does anyone know about vaginal cancer?
Sat, 04-12-2003 - 2:45pm
My friend has just been diagnosed with vaginal cancer. Has anyone ever heard of this?

Is it really skin cancer? Or is it something we should all be worried about?

Please if you know anything let me know.

Thank you

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-22-2003
Sun, 04-13-2003 - 1:49am
I'm terribly sorry to hear this!

Do you know which type of vaginal cancer she was diagnosed with? There are several types, all of which are rare.

To your question, most vaginal cancers are not skin cancer, however, a very small number of women will develop malignant melanoma of the vagina.

The most common vaginal cancer is called squamous cell cancer. It's most common in women ages 60 to 80. This cancer accounts for about 90% of all vaginal cancers.

The second most common is called adenocarcinoma, and another form called clear cell adenocarcinoma, which occurs in women who were exposed to the drug DES while in the uterus. Adenocarcinoma accounts for about 5% of all vaginal cancers.

While it's always a good thing to have regular gyn check-ups and report anything suspicious, I don't think vaginal cancer poses a threat for most women. It's really rather rare.

Prayers and positive thoughts to your friend and you!!



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