Other Gynecologic Cancers
Vaginal cancer is very rare. A woman has a 1 in 1,100 chance of getting this disease. About 4,810 new cases are diagnosed each year, and an estimated 1,240 women will die annually from this disease.
Most vaginal cancers begin in the lining of the vagina, known as the epithelium. These cancers are called vaginal squamous cell carcinomas. This type of vaginal cancer develops over many years from precancerous changes. Vaginal cancer is usually diagnosed in elderly women with abnormal bleeding and accounts for only 3% of all reproductive cancers in women.
Vulvar cancer is cancer that starts in the vulva, the outer part of the female reproductive system. It is not a common type of cancer and represents only about 4 percent of all cancer in the female reproductive organs. About 6,020 American women will be diagnosed with vulvar cancer and 1,150 women will die each year from this disease. If found in its early stages, vulvar cancer is highly curable.
For more information see:
Gynecologic Cancer Foundation: www.wcn.org
American Cancer Society: www.cancer.org
National Cancer Institute: www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/vulvarThe Foundation for Women’s Cancer: www.foundationforwomenscancer.org