What Are the Symptoms?
Early on, most vaginal cancers do not cause signs and symptoms.
But if there are symptoms, they may include—
- Vaginal discharge or bleeding that is not normal for you. The
bleeding may be abnormal because of how heavy it is, or when it
happens, such as bleeding after you have gone through menopause;
bleeding between periods; or any other bleeding that is longer or
heavier than is normal for you.
- A change in bathroom habits, such as having blood in the stool
or urine; going to the bathroom more often than usual; or feeling
- Pain in your pelvis, the area below your stomach and in between
your hip bones, especially when you pass urine or have sex.
Many women who have vulvar cancer have signs and symptoms. They
- Itching, burning, or bleeding on the vulva that does not go
- Changes in the color of the skin of the vulva, so that it looks
redder or whiter than is normal for you.
- Skin changes in the vulva, including what looks like a rash or
- Sores, lumps, or ulcers on the vulva that do not go away.
- Pain in your pelvis, especially when you urinate or have
It is important for you to pay attention to your body and know
what is normal for you. If you have vaginal bleeding that is not
normal for you, see a doctor right away. Also see a doctor if you
have any of the other symptoms for two weeks or longer and they are
not normal for you. Symptoms may be caused by something other than
cancer, but the only way to know is to see your doctor.