- Posted by jdavis on August 31, 2011
There are often no symptoms in the early stages of vaginal cancer, before cancer has spread. Many women with invasive vaginal cancer have symptoms such as those listed below. But they may also be caused by less serious, non-cancerous conditions. If you have any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor.
- Vaginal bleeding after menopause
- Vaginal bleeding after intercourse
- Abnormal vaginal discharge
- A mass in the vagina that can be felt
- Pain during sex
- Pain when urinating
- Constant pain in the pelvis
There is no known way to prevent vaginal cancer. The best thing for a woman to do is to avoid the risk factors listed above. Women should especially avoid HPV infection. This can be done by not having sexual intercourse at a very young age, by having protected sex, and by avoiding sex with many people or with those who have had many sexual partners. There is the very real possibility that widespread use of HPV vaccines will provide protection from vaginal cancer in the future.