Vaginal cancer symptoms
There are often no obvious symptoms of vaginal cancer. The cancer is sometimes found by a routine cervical screening test.
If symptoms do occur, they may include one or more of the following:
- bloody vaginal discharge not related to your menstrual period, which may have a strong or unusual smell
- pain during sexual intercourse
- bleeding after sexual intercourse
- pain in the pelvic area or rectum
- a lump in the vagina
- bladder problems, such as blood in the urine or passing urine frequently or during the night.
Not everyone with these symptoms has vaginal cancer. Other conditions can also cause these changes, but if you have any symptoms, make an appointment to visit your GP.
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