Vaginal cancer refers to formation of malignant growth (cancer) in the tissues of the vagina. Although vaginal cancer occurs in very young women, the cancer affects mainly elderly women. In fact, almost 75% of vaginal cancer patients are aged over 60 years. There are also cases of cancer of vagina in very young girls, of whom mothers have received hormone therapy – specifically estrogen – during pregnancy.
While the majority of Primary vaginal cancers occur on the posterior vagina, the tumor tends to spread either by direct extension into adjacent organs (rectum, bladder, etc), or through the bloodstream to invade the lymph nodes in the groin or other remote sites. Therefore, you have a better chance of surviving when you are diagnosed with early-stage vaginal cancer.