If known, what was the cause or your vaginal cancer? Did you have a known risk factor?
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What are causes and risk factors for vaginal cancer?
Age and exposure to the drug DES (diethylstilbestrol) before birth affect a
woman's risk of developing vaginal cancer.
Anything that increases your risk of getting a disease is called a risk
factor. Risk factors for vaginal cancer include the following:
Being aged 60 or older.
Being exposed to DES while in the mother's womb.
In the 1950s, the drug DES was given to some pregnant women to prevent
miscarriage (premature birth of a fetus that cannot survive). Women who were
exposed to DES before birth have an increased risk of developing vaginal cancer.
Some of these women develop a rare form of cancer called clear cell
Having human papilloma virus (HPV) infection.
history of abnormal cells in the cervix or cervical cancer.