Once the doctor is sure of an abnormality, the following tests are done to determine further details about the type of cancer present.
If you have symptoms that suggest vaginal cancer, your physician may recommend a procure called a colposcopy.
A colposcopy is generally pain-free, unless you have an underlying condition that causes pain to your pelvic area. You can expect some minor discomfort while undergoing the test. It is important that you choose a doctor and clinical team that you are comfortable with to perform your test. Your clinician may tell you to avoid doing the test during your menstrual period.
During a colposcopy,
A biopsy is usually the best way to tell for certain if an abnormal area is cancerous or not and is usually done immediately after the colposcopy. This procedure involves collecting a sample of vaginal tissue for further analysis in a lab.
During this procedure, your doctor will draw some cells from the vaginal lining into a tube using gentle suction. You might feel some period-like cramps while it is being done, but they usually wear off in a few minutes. After the test, you may have light bleeding and some mild period-like discomfort for a couple of days.
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