What is vaginal cancer?

Vaginal cancer occurs when abnormal cells in the vagina grow in an uncontrolled way. 

Vaginal cancer is different from vulvar cancer

Invasive cancer of the vagina is uncommon and makes up less than 2% of all gynaecological malignancies. 

About the vagina

The vagina is a muscular tube that extends from the opening of the uterus (called the cervix) to the external part of a woman’s sex organs (the vulva). The vagina is also called the birth canal. The uterus is also called the womb. 

The vagina is the passageway through which menstrual blood flows, sexual intercourse occurs and a baby is delivered.