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 2016 (the latest year for which numbers are available)—1

  • 1,293 women (0.6 per 100,000 women) were diagnosed with vaginal cancer.
  • 386 women (0.2 per 100,000 women) died from vaginal cancer.
  • Black women had the highest rate of getting vaginal cancer (0.8 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.
  • White, black, and Hispanic women had the same rate of dying from vaginal cancer (0.2 per 100,000 women). The rate for Asian/Pacific Islander and American Indian/Alaska Native women is suppressed.

Vulvar Cancer

In the United States in 2016 (the latest year for which numbers are available)—2

  • 5,121 women (2.5 per 100,000 women) were diagnosed with vulvar cancer.
  • 1,221 women (0.6 per 100,000 women) died from vulvar cancer.
  • White women had the highest rate of getting vulvar cancer (2.7 per 100,000 women), followed by black women (1.7), Hispanic women (1.6), and American Indian/Alaska Native women (1.4), and Asian/Pacific Islander women (0.9).
  • White women had the highest rate of dying from vulvar cancer (0.6 per 100,000 women), followed by black and Hispanic women (0.3). The rate for American Indian/Alaska Native and Asian/Pacific Islander women is suppressed.

Citations

1U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group. U.S. Cancer Statistics Data Visualizations Tool, based on November 2018 submission data (1999–2016): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Cancer Institute; www.cdc.gov/cancer/dataviz, June 2019. Direct link to vaginal cancer data.

2U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group. U.S. Cancer Statistics Data Visualizations Tool, based on November 2018 submission data (1999–2016): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Cancer Institute; www.cdc.gov/cancer/dataviz, June 2019. Direct link to vulvar cancer data.