10 minutes of exercise a day
The Diet Calorie Counter
Female Cancers
Article in images









What is vaginal cancer

 

 - What is vaginal cancer
What is vaginal cancer?

Vaginal cancer, sometimes referred to as primary vaginal cancer, is cancer that starts in the vagina, the muscular passage that leads from the cervix to the vulva.

Cancers that begin elsewhere (such as the cervix, womb or bowels) can spread to the vagina, but these cases are different; they are sometimes referred to as secondary vaginal cancer.

Vaginal cancer is quite rare in the UK – only about 200 to 250 cases are diagnosed in the country each year.

The different types of vaginal cancer?

 There are two main kinds of vaginal cancer, as mentioned above: primary vaginal cancer (where the cancer originates in the vagina) and secondary vaginal cancer (when cancer spreads to the vagina from another organ).
 
Then under the umbrella of primary vaginal cancer, there are three types:
  • Squamous cell carcinoma, which accounts for 85 percent of cases. It is most common in women 50 and up.
  • Clear cell adenocarcinoma, which accounts for about 9 percent of cases. This kind of vaginal cancer primarily affects teenagers and young women, most often those between 14 and 20.
  • Melanoma, which only accounts for about 2 percent of cases. Like squamous cell carcinoma, vaginal melanoma is generally diagnosed in women over 50.




  
  


Samantha Fields
21/01/2013
Rank this page: 

Article Plan Female Cancers
Don't miss...
The Ultimate 2014 Christmas Gift Guide For HER!The Top 10 Feminist Books You HAVE To Read
Famous Scorpions: Celebrities with Scorpio star sign100 Friendship Quotes Every BFF Needs To Hear
Latest… 20/12/2014
Health and Fitness News
Guides
Videos
The Best Songs For Running: Your January Playlist 2015
The Berry Superhero: 10 Amazing Benefits Of Cranberry Juice
OMG? A Glass Of Wine Is The Same As Downing Three Shots Of Vodka
Wanna Lose Weight? Try The 8 Hour Diet!
All Health and Fitness news
The Weight Watchers Diet
The Fricker method
The Mediterranean Diet
The Pritikin diet
See all Health and Fitness guides
Abdominal Exercises video | Killer abs & no sit ups!
See all Health and Fitness videos
 

Don't miss out!

...Join our newsletter
Get the sofeminine latest straight to your inbox
  OK
Find us on...