Vaginal cancer often produces no symptoms, and when symptoms do occur, they can often be traced to other medical conditions. Therefore, it is vital for a woman to pay close attention to her body and seek medical attention if she notices any unusual changes – even if those changes appear to be minor. While new symptoms are not necessarily an indication of vaginal cancer, they can be a warning that something is going on within a woman’s body, and it’s always best to consult with a physician to find out exactly what that is.
Some common vaginal cancer symptoms include:
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding, especially after sexual intercourse
- Unusual, watery vaginal discharge
- A palpable mass or lump in the vagina
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Chronic constipation
- Pain during urination
- Persistent pain in the pelvic area
Having one or more of these symptoms does not necessarily indicate that a woman has vaginal cancer. In fact, most of these symptoms are more likely to be caused by something other than cancer, such as an infection. But, the only way to know for sure is to consult with a health care professional. The sooner the underlying cause of the problem is accurately diagnosed, the sooner a patient can begin treatment, which can potentially lead to a better outcome.
Any woman who would like to have her vaginal cancer symptoms evaluated is welcome to consult with the gynecologic cancer experts at Moffitt Cancer Center. Our multispecialty team offers patients access to a full range of the latest diagnostic and treatment techniques and technologies, including promising clinical trials. For added convenience, every one of our specialists, tests and treatments is available in a single location.
If you’d like to learn more about vaginal cancer symptoms and diagnostic procedures, you can consult with the experts at Moffitt, and you do not need a referral to do so. Call 1-888-663-3488 or complete a new patient registration form online.