Vaginal cancer: Symptoms, causes, and treatment
Vaginal cancer is a rare type of cancer that affects women. The vagina is a tube-like organ that connects the cervix the lower part of the uterus to the vulva the outside female genitals. The vagina is lined by a layer of flat cells called squamous cells. This layer of cells is also called epithelium because it is formed by epithelial cells. At birth, a baby passes through the vagina as he or she is born, so the vagina is sometimes also known as the birth canal.
What's to know about vaginal cancer?
Vaginal cancer is a rare type of cancer that starts in the vagina. It accounts for about 1 percent of female genital cancers, estimates the National Cancer Institute. The most common symptom of vaginal cancer is abnormal vaginal bleeding. This includes bleeding after menopause, bleeding during or after sex , and bleeding in between menstruation.
Skip to Content. Use the menu to see other pages. Women with vaginal cancer may experience the following symptoms or signs.