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 2017 (the latest year for which numbers are available)—1

  • 1,354 women (0.7 per 100,000 women) were diagnosed with vaginal cancer.
  • 411 women (0.2 per 100,000 women) died from vaginal cancer.
  • Black women had the highest rate of getting vaginal cancer (0.9 per 100,000 women), followed by Hispanic (0.7), white women (0.6), and Asian/Pacific Islander women (0.5). The rate for American Indian/Alaska Native women is suppressed.
  • Black women had the highest rate of dying vaginal cancer (0.3 per 100,000 women), followed by white and Hispanic women who had the same rate of dying from vaginal cancer (0.2). The rate for Asian/Pacific Islander and American Indian/Alaska Native women is suppressed.

Vulvar Cancer

In the United States in 2017 (the latest year for which numbers are available)—2

  • 5,416 women (2.6 per 100,000 women) were diagnosed with vulvar cancer.
  • 1,262 women (0.6 per 100,000 women) died from vulvar cancer.
  • White women had the highest rate of getting vulvar cancer (2.8 per 100,000 women), followed by black women (1.9), Hispanic women (1.6), and American Indian/Alaska Native women 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 (0.3) and Asian/Pacific Islander women (0.2). The rate for American Indian/Alaska Native is suppressed.

Citations

1U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group. U.S. Cancer Statistics Data Visualizations Tool, based on 2019 submission data (1999–2017): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Cancer Institute; www.cdc.gov/cancer/dataviz, June 2020. Direct link to vaginal cancer data.

2U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group. U.S. Cancer Statistics Data Visualizations Tool, based on 2019 submission data (1999–2017): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Cancer Institute; www.cdc.gov/cancer/dataviz, June 2020. Direct link to vulvar cancer data.