Signs and Symptoms

Vaginal Cancer

  • Often no signs or symptoms early on
  • Abnormal vaginal discharge or bleeding (such as post-menopausal bleeding, heavier than normal bleeding, bleeding between periods, or any other bleeding that is longer or heavier than is normal for your patient)
  • Vaginal pain, particularly with intercourse
  • Pelvic or perineal pain1

Vulvar Cancer

  • Often no signs or symptoms early on
  • Vaginal pain, particularly with intercourse
  • Persistent itching, burning, or bleeding on the vulva
  • Changes in the color of the skin of the vulva so that it looks redder, whiter, or darker than normal
  • Contour changes on the vulva, including what looks like a rash or warts
  • Sores, lumps, or ulcers on the vulva that do not resolve

Reference

1DeVita VT Jr, Lawrence TS, Rosenberg SA, DePinho RA, and Weinberg RA. Devita, Hellman, and Rosenberg’s Cancer: Principles and Practice of Oncology. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2008.

Page last reviewed: September 14, 2015