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 2018 (the latest year for which numbers are available)—1

  • 1,252 women (0.6 per 100,000 women) were diagnosed with vaginal cancer.
  • 392 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 Hispanic women and White women (0.6) and Asian/Pacific Islander women (0.4). The rate for American Indian/Alaska Native women is suppressed.
  • Black women, White women, and Hispanic women had the same rate of dying from vaginal cancer (0.2 per 100,000 women). The rate for Asian/Pacific Islander women and American Indian/Alaska Native women is suppressed.

Vulvar Cancer

In the United States in 2018 (the latest year for which numbers are available)—2

  • 5,496 women (2.6 per 100,000 women) were diagnosed with vulvar cancer.
  • 1,316 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 (1.8), American Indian/Alaska Native women (1.7), Hispanic women (1.5), and Asian/Pacific Islander women (1.0).
  • White women had the highest rate of dying from vulvar cancer (0.6 per 100,000 women), followed by Hispanic women (0.4) and Black women (0.3). The rate for Asian/Pacific Islander women and American Indian/Alaska Native women is suppressed.

Citations

1U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group. U.S. Cancer Statistics Data Visualizations Tool, based on 2020 submission data (1999–2018): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Cancer Institute; www.cdc.gov/cancer/dataviz, June 2021. Direct link to vaginal cancer data.

2U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group. U.S. Cancer Statistics Data Visualizations Tool, based on 2020 submission data (1999–2018): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Cancer Institute; www.cdc.gov/cancer/dataviz, June 2021. Direct link to vulvar cancer data.