There are a number of risk factors associated with the development of vaginal cancer, and understanding these factors can encourage women to be proactive about screening. Residents of Tampa, Florida, can find the information and services they need regarding vaginal cancer through Moffitt Cancer Center.
First, it’s important to note that having one or more risk factors does not necessarily mean that a woman will develop cancer. Similarly, a woman can develop vaginal cancer without having any known risk factors. Yet, women can still benefit from being mindful of the risk factors for this cancer, which include:
- Exposure to diethylstilbestrol (DES) as a fetus
- Vaginal adenosis
- Chronic vaginal irritation
- Uterine prolapse
- Human papilloma virus (HPV), cervical cancer or precancerous cervical conditions
- Tobacco use or excessive alcohol consumption
- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
- Previous radiation therapy in the vaginal area
- Being between the ages of 40 and 70
Women who would like to learn more about their individual risk factors are encouraged to consult with a physician. Moffitt also recommends that, in general, all women have an annual pelvic exam and that women over the age of 30 also receive HPV screening. Individuals in Tampa, FL, can turn to Moffitt for the latest and most advanced screening, diagnostic and vaginal cancer treatment services.
Moffitt’s gynecological clinic includes a multispecialty team of experts that collaborates as a tumor board to review each vaginal cancer case individually. Each of our patients receives a treatment plan that provides her with the best likelihood of a positive outcome and better quality of life. Our patients can also find all of the supportive care services they need under a single roof at Moffitt.
Individuals in Tampa, FL, who would like to discuss their individual vaginal cancer risk factors with a Moffitt physician can call 1-888-663-3488 or fill out a new patient registration form online. No referral is necessary to schedule an appointment.