Vaginal and Vulvar Cancers Statistics

Vaginal and vulvar cancers are very rare. While all women are at risk for these cancers, very few will get them.

Vaginal Cancer

In the United States in 2015 (the latest year for which numbers are available)—

  • 1,244 women (0.6 per 100,000 women) were diagnosed with vaginal cancer.1
  • 438 women (0.2 per 100,000 women) died from vaginal cancer.2
  • Black women had the highest rate of getting vaginal cancer (0.9 per 100,000 women), followed by white and Hispanic women (0.6), and Asian/Pacific Islander women (0.4). The rate for American Indian/Alaska Native women is suppressed.1
  • Black women had the highest rate of dying from vaginal cancer (0.3 per 100,000 women), followed by white, Hispanic, and Asian/Pacific Islander women (0.2). The rate for American Indian/Alaska Native women is suppressed.2

Vulvar Cancer

In the United States in 2015 (the latest year for which numbers are available)—

  • 5,061 women (2.5 per 100,000 women) were diagnosed with vulvar cancer.1
  • 1,127 women (0.5 per 100,000 women) died from vulvar cancer.2
  • White women had the highest rate of getting vulvar cancer (2.7 per 100,000 women), followed by black women (1.6), Hispanic and American Indian/Alaska Native women (1.4), and Asian/Pacific Islander women (0.7).1
  • White women had the highest rate of dying from vulvar cancer (0.6 per 100,000 women), followed by black and Hispanic women (0.4). The rate for American Indian/Alaska Native and Asian/Pacific Islander women is suppressed.2

Citations

1United States Cancer Statistics: 1999–2015 Incidence, WONDER Online Database. United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Cancer Institute; 2018.

2United States Cancer Statistics: 1999–2015 Mortality, WONDER Online Database. United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2018.