Vaginal tumors

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Vaginal tumors are tumors that can be found in the vagina. A tumor in the vagina can be cancer (malignant) but not all tumors in the vagina are cancer. Tumors that are not cancer are called benign tumors.[1][a] Tumors have many different names. Another name for a tumor is neoplasm. A neoplasm is too much growth of tissue that forms a lump.[2][3][4] If cancer is found in the vagina it most often has spread there from other places in the body. Cancer found in the vagina may have come from the bladder, stomach and intestines.[5][6]

A tumor in the vagina can be solid or filled with fluid (or both).[7]

Vaginal cancer is rare. It is an overgrowth of tissue in the vagina.[8][6][9] Some benign tumors may turn into cancer.[10][11][3]

A vaginal tumor can cause bleeding, pain with sex and feelings of pressure.[12] A tumor in the vagina is often found during a check up and pelvic exam. Doctors may order more tests like an ultrasound, CAT scan and MRI. Doctors will look at a piece of the tumor under a microscope to see what kind of tumor that it is.[13][14][15]

Benign vaginal tumors[change | change source]

A yolk sac tumor image through a microscope.
A cancer tumor through a microscope.
A fibroepithelial polyp through a microscope.

Malignant/cancerous vaginal tumors[change | change source]

Other animals[change | change source]

Vaginal tumors also can be found in some animals:

  • Sarcoma botryoides
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Condyloma acuminatum
  • Squamous intraepithelial neoplasia
  • Fibroepithelial polyp
  • Clear-cell adenocarcinoma
  • Squamous papilloma
  • Leiomyoma
  • Blue nevus
  • Malignant melanoma
  • Primitive neuroectodermal tumor
  • Yolk sac tumor[36]

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  1. There are four main groups of vaginal neoplasms: benign neoplasms, in situ neoplasms, malignant neoplasms, and neoplasms of uncertain or unknown behavior. Malignant neoplasms are also simply known as cancers. Tumor (American English) or tumour (British English), Latin for swelling, one of the cardinal signs of inflammation, originally meant any form of swelling, neoplastic or not. Current English, however, both medical and non-medical, uses tumor as a synonym for a neoplasm (a solid or fluid-filled cystic lesion that may or may not be formed by an abnormal growth of neoplastic cells) that appears enlarged in size.Some neoplasms do not form a tumor; these include leukemia and most forms of carcinoma in situ. Tumor is also not synonymous with cancer. While cancer is by definition malignant, a tumor can be benign, precancerous, or malignant

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