Vaginal cancer is cancer that starts in the vagina, the tube that goes from the cervix (the lower part of the uterus) to open up at the vulva (the external genitals). About 70% of cases of vagina cancer are squamous cell carcinomas, which begin in the epithelial lining of the vagina.
Vaginal cancer is rare, accounting for only 1% of gynecologic cancers. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2012 about 2,680 new cases of vaginal cancer will be diagnosed and 840 women will die from the disease.
For more detailed information about vaginal cancer, visit the American Cancer Society.