- Vaginal Cancer: Symptoms and Signs
- Symptoms You may have if Diagnosed with the Disease
- Some Other Possible to Occur Symptoms
Possible Symptoms in Case You’re Dealing with Vaginal Cancer
Actually, at the very beginning of the disease there are no symptoms at all. This is true for 20 out of 100 women who are suffering from the cancer. As a rule, the disease first affects the lining of the vagina causing some particular changes in it. Doctors use a certain term for this changes – VAIN or vaginal intraepithelial neoplasia.
These changes may be detected if you undergo a certain procedure called cervical screening. Even though it’s quite easy to cure the disease when it’s on the early stages, this cancer is quite hard to diagnose due to the absence of the corresponding symptoms. Symptoms appear only once the cancer is developed and it’s about its advanced stages.
Symptoms You may have if Diagnosed with the Disease
On average, in 80% of all cases, you may notice one or several symptoms from the following list:
- The most common symptom to occur is bleeding. You may notice bleeding when there shouldn’t be any. For example, after your periods or when you already had menopause. Sometimes, there may be bleeding after a sexual intercourse.
- A discharge from your vagina that has a quite unpleasant smell. There may be blood in this discharge as well.
- You may experience painful sensation while having sex.
- A lump or growth located in your vagina that can be palpated.
- Your vagina may itch. This itching is not likely to go away until you consult your doctor.
You shouldn’t worry if you notice some of the symptoms enlisted. Remember that you should go to your doctor to find out what’s causing them. There may be a different reason for the occurrence of the signs. For instance, there may be an infection.
Some Other Possible to Occur Symptoms
The symptoms you’ll find below occur most often only when it’s about an advanced stage of the cancer.
- Changes in the habits of your bowel movements.
- Painful sensation when you’re urinating.
- Your legs may be swollen. The condition is called “oedema”.
- Persistent painful sensations in the pelvic area.